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Dear colleagues:

This question is directed to Human Resources professionals in the museum field as well as those who who wear HR among all the other responsibilities on their hat rack.

Andrea N. Michelbach’s (2013: 69-70) research “Are Museum Professionals Happy? Exploring Well-Being Across Domains and in the Workplace” has identified the need for research on museum workers who are leaving & those who have already left the museum field.

The American Alliance of Museums provides an extensive set of Human Resources Resources on Standards & Best Practices.  Among them is an “Employee Termination Checklist and Exit Interview Questionnaire.”

Although that document begins & seems initially to be focused solely on dismissing employees, the results of this HR best practice in which I am interested relate to those employees who leave their jobs by their own choice.

I am in the process of developing a proposal for a conference session that will attempt to mine responses that HR folks have collected in light of the recommended best practice in the Employee Exit Interview Form.”

Specifically, I am interested in data from responses to the following recommended questions on the form:

“I would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to respond to the questions below.  All answers will be held in strict confidence. Thank you. … [inter alia]

  1. Why are you leaving?
  2. Would you describe your working relationship (with respect to both your particular job and your relationship with fellow workers) as pleasant or unpleasant?
  3. Are there any particular practices or working conditions that either led to your decision to resign or that you feel are detrimental to a satisfactory working relationship?  If so, have you any suggestions on how to eliminate them?
  4. Would you care to make any other comments?”

If you have data, related information, knowledge based on personal experience, or relevant published references, please contact me off line at paul underscore thistle at hotmail dot com.

Thank you for your attention & consideration.

Respectfully yours

Paul C. Thistle

Reference Cited:

Michelbach, Andrea N. 2013. “Are Museum Professionals Happy? Exploring Well-Being Across Domains and in the Workplace.” A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts. Seattle: University of Washington. https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/bitstream/handle/1773/23533/Michelbach_washington_0250O_11485.pdf?sequence=1 (accessed 22 October 2014).