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Michael J. Tews
Associate Professor
Advisory Committee, Leadership Initiative
Summary Statement

The central focus in my work has been to understand and enhance individual well-being, performance, and retention in the workplace with an emphasis on the hospitality industry.

  • Hospitality Management - HM/SHM
  • Advisory Committee Members
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  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • B.S., Cornell University
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Office Address
121 Mateer Building
School of Hospitality Management
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Employee turnover and retention 
Fun in the workplace 
Staffing, training, and development 


Tews, M.J., Jolly, P.M., & Stafford, K. (2021). Fun in the workplace and employee retention: Is less managed fun better? Employee Relations, 43, 979-995. 

Bowen, J.T., Tews, M.J., & Baloglu, S. (2020). Yielding the benefits of fun in the workplace: The devil’s in the details. Organizational Dynamics, 49, 1-7.

Michel, J.W., Tews, MJ., & Tracey, JB. (2020). Validating dimensions of effective managerial behaviors for the hospitality industry. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32, 2175-2193.

Tews, M.J., Hoefnagels, A., Jolly, P.M., & Stafford, K. (2020). Turnover among young adults in the hospitality industry: Examining the impact of fun in the workplace and training climate. Employee Relations, 43, 245-261.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Stafford, K. (2020). Social support and turnover among entry-level service employees: Differentiating type, source, and basis of attachment. Human Resource Management, 59, 221-234.

Tews, M.J., & Stafford, K. (2020). The impact of abusive supervision and constituent attachment on entry-level employee turnover. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 44, 1318-1334.

Tews, M.J., & Stafford, K. (2020). Tattoos and unfavorable treatment among employees in the hospitality industry. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32, 1925-1940.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Jolly, P. (2020). An unintended consequence? Examining the
relationship between visible tattoos and unwanted sexual attention. Journal of Management & Organization, 26, 152-167.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Kudler, E.P. (2020). The effects of negative content in social networking profiles on perceptions of employment suitability. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 28, 17-30.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Kudler, E.P. (2020). The influence of tattoo content on perceptions of employment suitability across the generational divide. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 19, 4-13.