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According to researchers at Baylor University, employees who work at small, locally-owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employees. In addition, for rural workers, size and ownership of their company figure even more into their commitment than does job satisfaction.

According to the authors of the study, titled “Small, local and loyal: How firm attributes affect workers’ organizational commitment,” higher levels of commitment are associated with less absenteeism, lower turnover, and less seeking of jobs outside the company. Small companies were defined as those with 1 to 49 employees.

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