TURNOVER AND FACTORS IN THE RETENSION OF HIGHWAY ENGINEERING PERSONNEL

THE HIGH RATE OF TURNOVER OF ENGINEERING PERSONNEL IN THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS COMPLICATES EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROBLEMS. A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED OF THE CAUSES OF TURNOVER SO THAT CORRECTIVE MEASURES MIGHT BE INITIATED. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE RATE OF TURNOVER OF HIGHWAY ENGINEERING PERSONNEL IS HIGH ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY COORDINATED AND INTENSIVE STUDY AIMED AT MAKING HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT MORE ATTRACTIVE CAREER ORGANIZATIONS. THE EMPLOYMENT EVALUATION STUDIES BASED ON A QUESTIONNAIRE METHOD AND CONDUCTED BY PERSONNEL OUTSIDE THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS ARE PRACTICAL AND WILL GIVE USEFUL INFORMATION FOR EVALUATING EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS AND PRESCRIBING CORRECTIVE MEASURES. INDICATIONS FROM THE PRELIMINARY STUDY ARE THAT SALARY LEVELS IN THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE HIGHER GRADES, ARE NOT SUFFICIENTLY HIGH RELATIVE TO OTHER FIELDS, TO OFFER ATTRACTIVE CARRER OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG ENGINEERS. HOWEVER, A NUMBER OF OTHER FACTORS INFLUENCED THE DECISION OF ENGINEERS TO LEAVE HIGHWAY EMPLOYMENT, AND IT IS USUALLY THE EFFECT OF THE COMBINATION OF FACTORS THAT RESULTS IN THE FINAL DECISION FOR A CHANGE.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 164, pp 31-47, 5 TAB, 1 APP
  • Authors:
    • Danner, E
  • Publication Date: 1957

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  • Accession Number: 00200710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 5 1994 12:00AM