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The effect of people management practices on work ability

Laker, Sofia-Ruth (2010) The effect of people management practices on work ability.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between people management practices (goals and results of the organization, job evaluation conversations, education and development of employees, behavior supervisor) and work ability. Work ability is a concept that measures the employee’s ability to fulfill his job tasks. Additionally, it is examined if the apparent conditions of employment (autonomy, variation of tasks, speed and amount of work, physical impact, and sustained impact) influence the relationship between people management and work ability. Finally, the relationship between work ability and the employee’s productivity is examined. The required data was taken from a survey conducted by PreventNed in a big hospital in the Netherlands in 2009, which was completed by 1366 employees. Regression analyses showed that, as expected due to other research findings, there is a positive relationship between work ability and productivity. Moreover the conditions of employment, variation of job tasks, the speed and amount of work and the physical load of task, fully mediate the relation between people management practices and work ability. Consequently, no relationship was found between people management practices and work ability, after controlling for the influence of the conditions of employment. The findings of this study encourage researchers to also consider a new HR perspective on work ability in addition to the classical medical point of view.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59886
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