Navigation Links
Overqualified Workers May Be Less Likely to Quit Jobs
Date:12/16/2010

THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that managers might fail to appreciate the value that overqualified workers can bring to their companies.

"If anything, our research suggests that such a candidate could be expected to stay longer and perform better than an applicant whose scores make him supposedly a better fit," Anthony Nyberg, an assistant professor of management at the University of South Carolina, said in a university news release.

"A manager trying to fill a job that demands less-than-top-level smarts should never reject a candidate out of hand just because the applicant's score on the company's intelligence tests labels him or her as smarter than the job requires," Nyberg said.

Nyberg and his colleagues analyzed information o n the work experiences of more than 5,000 adults that was gathered over a quarter century by the Bureau of Labor Statistics National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

The researchers found that smarter people -- those with higher cognitive abilities -- were less likely than other workers to quit low-brainpower jobs. Those jobs, as defined by the federal government, included garbage collecting and car washing, among others.

Also, people with jobs considered the most mentally challenging were three times more likely to express job dissatisfaction than were those with less brain-taxing jobs.

Why do the findings matter? For one thing, the study suggests that it may be unwise to automatically reject the overqualified for fears that they won't be challenged on the job and will quit. "To make matters worse, courts have upheld the legality of discriminating against applicants who are 'too smart,'" Nyberg said. "This kind of thinking has no doubt tossed more than a few layoff victims into the ranks of the long-term unemployed, a group that now constitutes nearly half of all U.S. jobless."

The study was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

More information

The American Psychological Association has information on surviving job loss.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of South Carolina, news release, Dec. 10, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Youth report favorable impressions of community street outreach workers
2. Employer Insurance Costs Rising for Workers
3. Workers With Low Back Pain Benefit From Integrated Care
4. Peer-based outreach services for sex workers assist entry into detox and drug treatment
5. Obese workers cost workplace more than insurance, absenteeism
6. Less than half of essential workers willing to report to work during a serious pandemic
7. Noise and chemicals: Workers are losing their hearing
8. For migrant workers, community cooperation builds on individual strengths
9. Workers rate safety most important workplace issue in new Labor Day study
10. 2002 Oil Spill May Shed Light on Health Problems for Deepwater Workers
11. Street outreach workers an important tool for violence prevention and intervention
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Overqualified Workers May Be Less Likely to Quit Jobs
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and ... Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD ... that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office ... of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office ... forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many ... dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the ... 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together ... equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was ... of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has released ... understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints a picture ... Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says that is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, ... formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics ... new brand, which included the unveiling of new signage ... , as well as at a few other company-owned ... new brand to patients, some of whom will begin ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal ... wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring of patients ... a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health solutions for ... analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. , Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... immunogenicity assessment, vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced ... focused on the development of personalized therapeutic cancer ... and has provided exclusive access to enabling technologies ... MSc Eng., MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: