Publication Date

July 2002


This study analyzes the retention and performance of 100 engineers who started work at “Engineering Solutions” in 1996, of whom 65 were still with the firm in 2002. The retention analysis shows that the firm retained disproportionately the better performers, those with the psychological attributes that make for greater success, those with greater work attachment, and those with fewer dependent-related job issues. The performance analysis shows that the top-rated engineers are primarily those who exhibit favorable psychological characteristics, that a few other characteristics make a small difference to performance, and that the remaining variables make no difference at all.


Suggested Citation
Fields, G. S. (2002). Keeping our best: Econometric analysis of retention and performance at engineering solutions (CAHRS Working Paper #02-13). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.