Course - GM 591
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Course Project Outline
What factors are causing a high rate of contractor’s turnover
and how does job satisfaction play into the amount
of time a contractor will stay on the project?
October 16, 2011
The organization I will be addressing in this paper is CACI, Inc. CACI is a professional
services and information technology (IT) company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. These
services included intelligence analysis, background investigations, screening, interrogation,
property management and recordkeeping, installation of computer systems, software and
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The analysis and findings
in this paper can easily be applied to others in the general workforce.
I. Contractor Independence
Either because you cannot seem to find a full-time job or because you are looking for short-
time employment, contract work is an option that offers advantages but also has some
characteristics that you may want to consider upon accepting a job. Contract jobs usually last for
a period from 1 month to a year, or even more, depending on the company. One of the main
advantages of working with contract are money. Contractors normally get paid for hours of
work with no benefits or holiday pay, but on most jobs you can make more money than if you
were doing the same job working fulltime. Therefore, working on contract can be quite
Contract staff gets paid overtime unlike most salaried staff. Contract work has also more
flexibility than other types of jobs; candidates can decide the time, the place, and how they
want to work while companies get the abilities they need to keep completely staffed during
demanding times. Work by contract allows you to change your jobs regularly, particularly if you
are working with short-term contracts. You can hardly get bored if you work for different
companies and in different projects. On the other hand, working with contract can lead you to a
difficult time getting a fulltime job afterward. Employers tend to think that you would not work
with them for a lower salary than in contract work. You might encounter times of
unemployment after each project; you could be on the search for a new job constantly. Whatever
the case is, consider these implications when accepting a contract work, but also take into
account the benefits it brings.
Worker Loyalty to Employers
It doesn't matter how many team-building exercises are completed or how many times the
office has shared a fleeting burst of pride from a job well done. It just isn't the same. The harsh
economic climate has damaged relationships between workers and their employers. An already
strained sense of loyalty has been further damaged by stagnant wages, rapid-fire mass layoffs
and persistent fears of job loss. Few people still expect a 20 to 30-year career at one employer, a
luxury that manufacturing workers in America enjoyed a generation ago. For now, many
workers think they have too much work, too little job security and too little pay. And those who
have been laid off, and are fighting to stay in the middle class.
The fallout from the strained employee-employer relationship can be seen in several key ways.
1. Workers are networking aggressively, not for fun but because they fear they could lose their jobs.
2. Workers are taking fewer professional risks in the workplace, and that lack of innovation may hurt both workers' career prospects and companies' bottom line.
3. Workers are increasingly ready to jump ship to new jobs....