Long job tenure doesn’t mean better performance (Guest Commentary)

Research findings highlight importance of job design, performance management, rewards
By Claudine Kapel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/19/2013

Most organizations want to optimize employee performance and productivity. But does that mean you should encourage employees to stay in the same job longer — or have them change jobs more frequently?

Perhaps contrary to conventional wisdom, a recent academic study on the relationship between job tenure and job performance found no meaningful correlation between the two.

Co-authored by Thomas Ng at the University of Hong Kong and Daniel Feldman at the University of Georgia, the study examined dozens of previous studies and concluded the declines in motivation or increases in job boredom — which tend to accompany longer job tenure — may counteract the positive gains related to increased job knowledge and experience.