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Michael J. Tews
Associate Professor
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
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • B.S., Cornell University
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Office Address
121 Mateer Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

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


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

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Stafford, K. (forthcoming). Abusive coworker treatment, coworker support, and employee turnover. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Tews, M.J., & Noe, R.A. (forthcoming). Does training have to be fun? A review and conceptual model of the role of fun in workplace training. Human Resource Management Review.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Jolly, P. (forthcoming). The dark side? Examining the relationship between fun in the workplace and unwanted sexual attention. Employee Relations.

Michel, J.W., Tews, M.J., & Allen, D.G. (2019). Fun in the workplace: A review and expanded theoretical perspective. Human Resource Management Review, 29, 98-110.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K, & Michel, J.W. (2018). Interview etiquette and hiring outcomes: Does it really matter? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 26, 164-175.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Noe, R.A. (2017). Does fun promote learning? The relationship between fun in the workplace and informal learning. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 98, 46-55.

Ellingson, J.E., Tews, M.J., & Dachner, A. (2016). Constituent attachment and voluntary turnover in low-wage/low-skill service work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 129-140.