Employee Retention Post-Merger in the NHS
Introduction: The empirical study that this paper proceeds will focus on employee retention over two years post a four-hospital National Health Service (NHS) ‘mega-merger’. It is informed by two main strands of knowledge, namely generic and NHS-specific literature pertaining to the people side of M&As and literature from the psychological school of turnover analysis. Given this abstract’s scope and word count limitations, it seems wise to focus on one single body of literature.
Employee Retention: Despite extensive and robust study in the US, the UK has only a slim, if excellent, body of employee retention literature. Although there are considerable differences between US and UK labour markets, existing research suggests marked similarities in the voluntary turnover, specifically relating to quitting-decision factors and processes, plus reactions to retention initiatives (Taylor, 2002). For these reasons, this review will draw on both US and UK research..
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