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Job Perceptions and Intent to Leave Among Direct Care Workers: Evidence from the Better Jobs Better Care Demonstrations

Journal Article
December 1, 2007

Based on surveys of over 3,000 direct care workers participating in the Better Jobs Better Care (BJBC) demonstration program, this report assesses how perceived rewards and problems with care giving work and supervision relate to intent to leave among workers. The workers least likely to leave were those with positive assessments of their supervisor, those who put a high value on helping others, and those who saw the income as rewarding.

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Key Takeaways

Work overload and lack of upward mobility increased intent to leave.
Positive supervisor assessment, helping others, and income reward perception were related to less intent to leave.
Some differences were found between home care and facility-employed workers.
 
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