Print Email Facebook Twitter Happily ever after? Explaining turnover and retirement intentions of older workers in the Netherlands Title Happily ever after? Explaining turnover and retirement intentions of older workers in the Netherlands Author Munderlein, M. Ybema, J.F. Koster, F. Publication year 2013 Abstract Purpose – This paper aims to provide an empirical test of theories proposed in the literature stating that turnover and retirement (two kinds of work withdrawal) involve different employee decisions. It also aims to provide a more general theoretical framework understanding turnover and retirement intentions integrating insights from different theories. Design/methodology/approach – Research hypotheses are tested using the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM). This dataset includes information from approximately 15,000 respondents in The Netherlands. Respondents between the age of 45 and 64 were the target group in order to model transitions in the labor market for older workers. This dataset provides a unique opportunity to test turnover and retirement intentions. Findings – First, the results show that personal characteristics such as income, age or health, add more to the explanation of retirement intentions compared to turnover intentions and that work characteristics provide a better explanation of the turnover intention compared to retirement intention. Second, by focusing more closely on retirement intentions, the results show that organizational motivators can increase older workers' labor market participation. Research limitations/implications – First, it is acknowledged that the study investigates intentions rather than actual behavior. Second, given that the data are cross sectional, we cannot make claims about causality. Finally, some of the measures can be improved in future studies. Originality/value – This paper aims at integrating different perspectives on two kinds of work withdrawal (turnover and retirement) into one theoretical model. Subject OrganisationWH - Work & HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy LivingRetirementWorkersOlderAge groupEmployee behaviourAge groupsCareersEmployee turnoverThe Netherlands To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:19243a14-83c1-4b4f-9ed7-5be75bea12a2 DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/cdi-01-2013-0004 TNO identifier 482728 Source Career Development International, 18 (6), 548-568 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.