Customer aggression, employee voice and quit rates: Evidence from the frontline service workforce

Xiangmin Liu, Danielle D. van Jaarsveld, Yoshio Yanadori

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Abstract

In this study, we examine how establishment-level aggression originating from customers can lead to voluntary turnover. We also examine whether establishment-level factors, such as collective voice, high involvement work practices and control-based work practices, moderate this relationship. By analysing a sample of 139 call centres in Canada, we found that establishment-level customer aggression is positively related to the workforce quit rate. Furthermore, we found that this positive relationship is weaker in establishments where employees have access to collective voice and in establishments that use fewer control-based human resource practices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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