Employee voice, intention to quit, and conflict resolution: evidence from Australia

Bernadine Van Gramberg, Julian Teicher, Greg J. Bamber, Brian Cooper

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Abstract

The authors provide novel insights on employee voice and employees’ intentions to quit after conflict situations. They analyze a survey of employees in Australia to consider two research questions: What are the relationships between employee voice at work, dispute resolution, and intention to quit? Does the type of dispute affect these relationships? Findings show that employee voice is associated with successful dispute resolution, which reduces employees’ intentions to quit. Further, employee voice has the additional benefit of directly reducing intentions to quit, besides its indirect effect of helping to resolve disputes at work. Results also indicate that regardless of the level of voice at work, those who report bullying claims are less likely to find resolution. The authors provide recommendations for improving workplace dispute resolution that they believe offer mutual gains for stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-410
Number of pages18
JournalIndustrial and Labor Relations Review
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • conflict management
  • dispute resolution
  • employee voice
  • employment relations
  • grievances
  • intentions to quit

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