The relationship between employee job change and job satisfaction: the honeymoon-hangover effect. Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent research suggests that the turnover process is not fully captured by the traditional sequential model relating job dissatisfaction to subsequent turnover. The present study contributes to this research by modeling within-individual job satisfaction as a function of job change patterns to determine if individual work attitudes change systematically with the temporal turnover process. Specifically, the authors hypothesized that low satisfaction would precede a voluntary job change, with an increase in job satisfaction immediately following a job change (the honeymoon effect), followed by a decline in job satisfaction (the hangover effect). Though this pattern is suggested in the literature, no prior research has integrated and tested this complete temporal model within individuals. Findings based on a sample of managers supported the proposed honeymoon-hangover effect.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Psychol

altmetric score

  • 72.442

author list (cited authors)

  • Boswell, W. R., Boudreau, J. W., & Tichy, J.

citation count

  • 253

complete list of authors

  • Boswell, Wendy R||Boudreau, John W||Tichy, Jan

publication date

  • September 2005