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Quits and Job Changes Among Home Care Workers in Maine: The Role of Wages, Hours, and Benefits

Journal Article
July 1, 2009

This article presents a study of job satisfaction among Maine’s home care workforce. It shows that higher wages, more hours offered, and travel cost reimbursement are the factors most strongly correlated with low turnover. Health care coverage and the quality of working conditions are also recognized as additional turnover-reducing factors, although their correlation is not as strong as the previous three factors mentioned.

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Key Takeaways

Higher wages, more hours, and travel cost reimbursement are significantly associated with reduced turnover.
Health benefits have some significance in predicting job-to-job transitions.
Wages, hours, and benefits should be made a priority investment area for home care agencies.
 
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