Employee absence and organizational commitment: moderation effects of age

Stephen A. Woods, Rebecca Poole, Lara D. Zibarras

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This study examined the relations of organizational commitment and demographic factors with objectively measured absence frequency data of 106 staff at a UK school, collected over a 1-year period. We found significant associations of commitment and absenteeism, with high affective and normative commitment, and low continuance commitment being associated with lower levels of absence. Age moderated two of these associations, with low normative commitment and high continuance commitment predicting absence most strongly for older workers. Our findings help practitioners and researchers to understand how commitment may interact with other factors to predict absence. Interaction effects in our data showed that absence frequencies tended to be highest for older workers who felt a lower sense of obligation to their organization, or a lack of alternatives to their present employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • absenteeism
  • age
  • affective commitment
  • normative commitment
  • continuance commitment


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