Organizational tenure and employee performance: a multilevel analysis

Steffens, Niklas K., Shemla, Meir, Wegge, Juergen and Diestel, Stefan (2014) Organizational tenure and employee performance: a multilevel analysis. Group and Organization Management, 39 6: 664-690. doi:10.1177/1059601114553512

Author Steffens, Niklas K.
Shemla, Meir
Wegge, Juergen
Diestel, Stefan
Title Organizational tenure and employee performance: a multilevel analysis
Journal name Group and Organization Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-3993
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1059601114553512
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 6
Start page 664
End page 690
Total pages 27
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Previous research has investigated the relationship between organizational tenure and performance by focusing primarily on organizational tenure of the individual employee. We propose that this approach is limited because organizational tenure should be conceptualized as relating to multiple entities including teams and their leaders. As predicted, analysis of two objective performance indicators of 1,753 employees working with 250 leaders of natural work teams in a financial services company revealed that, beyond employee organizational tenure, team leader organizational tenure and team organizational tenure diversity had positive incremental effects on employee performance. Moreover, the positive impact of employee organizational tenure was less pronounced in teams with high rather than low tenure diversity. Our findings suggest that organizations’ capacity to promote performance will be limited if they focus on organizational tenure of an individual, while neglecting the ways in which performance is shaped by organizational tenure related to multiple entities within a team.
Keyword Socialization
Group or team composition or diversity
Hierarchical linear modeling
Human resource management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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