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Why Do They Leave? Factors Associated with Job Termination Among Personal Assistant Workers in Home Care

Journal Article Wages & Benefits
November 1, 2010

This article describes a mixed method research study with personal support workers in Maine. Findings centered around why personal support workers left their jobs and variables that predicted turnover. To view the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

Many workers left their jobs because they were dissatisfied with pay, hours, and lack of reimbursement for driving; their jobs were not worth their time. Other workers left for personal reasons, such as the family member they were caring for died or due to personal health issues that made it hard to do the job. Workers also cited burnout as a reason for leaving.
Workers who had higher emotional exhaustion at the beginning of the study period were more likely to leave their jobs.
Lack of health insurance and age were two variables that predicted turnover for workers.

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