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The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
The Impact of Core Self-Evaluation on Attrition in IT Industry
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Individualís perceptions, decisions and behaviors are influenced by personal characteristics. Research and theory have mostly examined the motivations and attitudes as the predictor variables for attrition. In the light of the volatile business environment, emerging personality variables like core self-evaluations require considerable examination in attrition research. This paper addresses the question whether a personality trait like core self-evaluation has a significant relationship with attrition and widens the understanding of the causes behind attrition. The paper presents the problem of attrition in the IT industry, explains the components of core self-evaluation and discusses their relationship with attrition. The paper also provides unique insights on how emerging personal traits like core self-evaluation can affect job attitudes and attrition.

 
 

The problem of attrition, a burning issue in IT industry, has received wide attention from the researchers and practitioners. IT employees exit, despite the retention measures as the lower and middle level software engineers are ready to seize the advantage of increasing opportunities. The unprecedented competition for talent from global players who offer lucrative pay and inspiring work culture has set in a spiraling effect of attrition. Attrition in organizations is a concern of late considering its adverse consequences on both the employee and the organization (DeMicco and Giridharan, 1987).

Attrition decisions are strongly influenced by several factors at individual, firm and environmental levels (Joseph et al., 2007). Organizations attempt to identify the factors responsible for attrition either at the individual level or at the organizational level (Jeswani and Dave, 2011). Since long, research by the practitioners and academics has classically been focused on analyzing the impact of organizational, work or job attitudes and environmental-related determinants on attrition. However, whether personality factors like Core Self-Evaluation (CSE) contributes to attrition in IT industry has not been adequately addressed. Astonishingly, paucity of investigations that have interrogated the link between personality and employee attrition intentions in the service industry, exist (Kuean et al., 2010). Most theoretical models examining the individual factors focused on the impact of individual attitudes like job satisfaction and organizational commitment on attrition while according less importance to the personality traits.

This paper addresses the question whether a personality trait like CSE has a significant relationship with attrition and widens the understanding of causes behind attrition. The paper presents the problem of attrition in the IT industry, explains the components of CSE and discusses their relationship with attrition. The paper also provides unique insights on how emerging personality traits like CSE can affect job attitudes and attrition.

 
 

Soft Skills Journal, Attrition, Attrition in IT Industry,Personality Characteristics, Core Self-Evaluation.