Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Business




This article was originally published as: Scott, G. B., Sitlington, H. B., Susomrith, P. , & Brown, A. R. (2013). Could on-the-job embeddedness help bind FIFO workers to their jobs?. In 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2013 : managing on the edge, 4-6 December 2013, Hobart, Tasmania. Hobart, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management . Original article available here


Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) employees in the mining industry in Western Australia have had high levels of turnover, resulting in high costs in recruitment, training and lost production. This research is seeking to understand the reasons for high turnover in this somewhat unusual group of employees. Whilst the research has utilised the more traditional approach to understanding labour turnover, that is that dissatisfaction with job or company and the availability of viable alternatives lead to intention to quit, preliminary results indicate that job embeddedness theory, may provide a better understanding of why FIFO workers choose to stay in their jobs. This outcome raises questions about embeddedness theory itself, namely whether on-the-job embeddedness is a stronger predictor of staying than is off-the-job embeddedness.