A Quantitative, Ex Post Facto, Correlational Study of Voluntary Resignations of Federal Public Exmployees

A Quantitative, Ex Post Facto, Correlational Study of Voluntary Resignations of Federal Public Exmployees

Author: 
Joseph Dobrinski, Jr.
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
Due to a recent economic downturn, public organization leaders were found struggling with budget reductions. The loss of valued employees through voluntary resignation was extremely costly to the organization. This study was completed to provide quantitative data to be utilized by managers to help understand possible relationships between age, gender, salary level, occupation category and voluntary separation. The analyses conducted were on public employee census data released by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on federal civilian employees who voluntarily separated from service from 2005 through 2009. Chi-square test of independence was carried out for each variable listed above compared to the variable length of service. All categories were found to have a relationship with employee length of service. The median for voluntarily termination for length of service over the five year period examined ranged from 1.26 to 1.62 years. The overall median for all years studied was 1.5. The median salary for each year examined was $29537, $40457, $32587, $33462, and $34846 with a median salary over all years studied of $32267. The modal type for employee occupation was technical for 2005 and clerical for 2006 – 2009, with an overall modal type of clerical for all datasets examined. Future leaders could use these data to understand where resources could be best utilized to avoid voluntary separation. Government employee separation could cost organizations millions of dollars annually from lost productivity and training expenses.
Dedication: 
To my children Ilena, Jason, and Michael, my grandchildren Emma, Wyatt, Nathan, and Nicholas, and my wife Kimberly.
Acknowledgements: 
The following people and organizations have given a terrific amount of assistance and support during this endeavor: David Pardo, Ph.D. Gary Berg, Ph.D. Patsy Kasen, D.M. Kimberly Dobrinski, Ph.D. Kronos Incorporated I thank everyone with my deepest appreciation.