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MS in Human Resource Development



First Supervisor

Timothy Franz

Second Supervisor

Karen Jones


Long tenured employees are a rarity in non-profit organizations because of the Jack of resources to retain quality workers. It is important to understand the reasons why some employees stay with non-profits for ten years or more. Challenges are faced year to year with budget cuts, Jack of resources and low pay increases. Hence, it is important that these organizations are able to retain quality workers with non-monetary benefits. Interviewing individuals with ten or more years of service at a particular nonprofit organization revealed common themes and reasons why employees stay. Some common themes that appeared were the opportunity for advancement and the variety of a position is correlated with employee tenure. Employees that believed in the mission of the organization increased the likelihood of them staying. Feedback on a regular basis was appreciated. Public recognition for a job well done did not increase an employee's likelihood of staying.

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