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An exploratory study in the motivation to stay versus the motivation to go for chefs employed in remote Tasmania


Styles, L and Daly, AJ and Woods, M, An exploratory study in the motivation to stay versus the motivation to go for chefs employed in remote Tasmania, Proceedings of the 20th Annual CAUTHE Conference: Tourism and Hospitality Challenge the Limits, 8-11 February 2010, Hobart, pp. 1-23. ISBN 978 1 86295 560 8 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]



The Tasmanian tourism and hospitality (T&H) industry is the largest in the state’s service sector. Worldwide, the industry is volatile, experiencing extreme levels of employee turnover. T&H organisations report significant difficulty with retention of chefs and this is heightened in regional locations. Chefs are a profession that is in short supply and a transferrable skill set means that they are a profession known for frequent job hopping, in an industry that is already fitted with a revolving door. This study used semi-structured interviews to understand the factors that contribute to the turnover of chefs employed in regional Tasmania from the perspective of the employee. The research analysed the factors that influence a chef’s turnover intention. Turnover intentions were attributed to the perceived lack of career advancement and promotion opportunities, a willingness and ability to travel and a desire to develop new skills and further their training. The findings of this study will assist T&H organisations operating in remote locations to improve recruitment and selection processes and employee retention strategies, thereby minimising the costs and production losses caused by turnover.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Other commercial services and tourism
Objective Field:Hospitality services
UTAS Author:Styles, L (Mr Leigh Styles)
UTAS Author:Woods, M (Dr Megan Woods)
ID Code:62621
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2010-03-12
Last Modified:2014-11-05
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