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An Exploration of the possible effects of the attributes of employee engagement in the retention of Generation Y employees

Pal, Arpita (2016) An Exploration of the possible effects of the attributes of employee engagement in the retention of Generation Y employees. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The research explores the concept of employee engagement of Generation Y which ultimately leads to employee retention. Previous researchers have defined the Generation Y cohort as highly disengaged as a workforce. The generation is known to have high expectations from self and the employer and are focus mainly on career progression. This research outlines the various attributes of employee engagement described by previous researchers and makes attempt to find out the possible relationship of these attributes with employee retention of the Generation Y.

The research study took into consideration the International Masters students in Ireland who have worked or are working in various private and public sectors. The study looked at students belonging to various countries such as India, Malaysia, China, Nigeria and Canada. The study included unstructured interviews followed by thematic analysis.

The research found that in general the attributes outlined for employee engagement lead to employee retention of the Generation Y, taking into consideration that the work culture embodies the said attributes. The study has suggested that being a highly personalised cohort, the Generation Y from developing countries have varied expectations from their employers and show appreciably distinct qualities when compared to developed countries owing to the noted thriving cultural differences.

Although, employee engagement and employee retention of the Generation Y has been addressed before, the possible relationship between the two rarely had been documented and researched. This was a humble attempt to understand the relationship which could be beneficial for employer to understand the various generalised requirements when dealing with Generation Y employees.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Employee Engagement
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Employee Retention
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 10:32
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 10:32
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2285

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