Supervisor support, flourishing, and intention to leave in a higher education setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017 , pages: 412–419
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1379661
Author(s): Christine Janse van RensburgHuman Resource Department, South Africa, Sebastiaan RothmannOptentia, North-West University, South Africa, Elsabé DiedericksOptentia, North-West University, South Africa


This study investigated the relationship between supervisor support, flourishing at work, and intention to leave in a South African higher education setting. Participants comprised a convenience sample of 339 academic employees from three universities of technology. They completed the Supervisor Behaviour Scale (SBS), Flourishing-at-Work Scale (Short Form: FAWS-SF), and the Turnover Intention Scale (TIS). The results showed that supervisor support (autonomy, competence, and relatedness of employees) predicted employees’ flourishing at work. Higher supervisor support was associated with lower intention to leave. Employees with work flourishing were less likely to report intention to leave.

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