Do Employees Reciprocate to Intra-Firm Trainings? An Analysis of Absenteeism and Turnover Rates
Katrin Breuer and
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Katrin Breuer: University of Cologne
Patrick Kampkoetter: University of Cologne
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No 03-09, Cologne Graduate School Working Paper Series from Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences
This paper studies the behavioral effects of intra-firm trainings on absence behavior and turnover probability. We argue that participation in firm-sponsored trainings might lead to behavioral responses among employees. When firms pay for general trainings, employees may perceive this as a gift to which they can reciprocate by providing higher levels of effort or commitment. Based on the personnel records of a large multinational firm we find that, in contrast to human capital predictions, general trainings lead to a decrease in turnover rates. Furthermore, a short-term decrease in absenteeism indicates a temporary, reciprocal reaction by employees.
Keywords: Training; Human Capital; Reciprocity; Turnover; Absenteeism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 J24 J31 M50 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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