Forestry students, employers, and the implied contract: Expectations and obligations

Judd Harrison Michael, S. Dasmohapatra

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Recently graduated forestry majors will start their jobs with preexisting perceptions regarding the reciprocal obligations between themselves and their employers. These perceptions will form a type of implied contract between the two parties. To investigate the problems that can arise when a new employee perceives an employer to have broken that contract, we surveyed senior forestry majors (before and after they found jobs) and employers. Results indicate that agency and industry employers create significantly different expectations for their new employees. Moreover, negative outcomes related to turnover, performances, and satisfaction will result when new employees perceive that employers have not fulfilled their obligations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forestry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science


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