Examination of the Relationships between the Psychological Contract, Organisational Cynicism, and Turnover Intention

2Ministry of National Education, TURKEY.
1Gaziantep University, TURKEY.
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2021.92.5


Purpose: The present study aimed to examine the relationship between the psychological contract, teachers’ turnover intentions, and their cynicism behaviours.

Research Methods: This study sample consists of 345 teachers in 24 schools, selected randomly from the schools at Gaziantep’s Sahinbey and Sehitkamil district in the 2018-2019 academic year. The psychological contract Scale, Organisational Cynicism Scale, and Turnover Intention Scale were used to collect the data.

Findings: According to the results of this study, the levels of teachers’ adherence to the psychological contract were high, whereas the organisational cynicism and turnover intention levels were low. There is a negative relationship between adherence to the psychological contract and organisational cynicism and turnover intention. Additionally, there was a positive and statistically significant relationship between organisational cynicism and turnover intention.

Implications for Research and Practice: Schools that meet teachers’ expectations while actualising their own objectives will increase adherence to the psychological contract and prevent negative emotions and behaviours towards the school. It can be asserted that teachers will not feel the turnover intention and will work at the same school for longer periods since their commitment to the school will increase due to the lack of negative emotions.

Keywords: Engagement, Intention to Quit, Teacher, Primary School.