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Sustainable employability in shift work

Koole, B.C. (2018) Sustainable employability in shift work.

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Abstract:This research, examines how organizations can influence shift workers’ engagement in their individual sustainable employability, because it is essential that organizations and shift workers together ensure that they remain vital and employable in their job until the increased retirement age. A qualitative case study was performed at an ice factory in the Netherlands. In total 11 interviews were conducted with employees from three different layers in the organization, in order to gain insights in the intended, actual and perceived HR practices on sustainable employability. The shift workers were grouped in three different age groups in order to gain insights on the differences between these groups. The data was collected through semi-structured in-depth interviews. Gaps were found between intended and actual HR practices on sustainable employability as well as between the actual and perceived HR practices as well as the lack of awareness on the importance of dealing with all three aspects of sustainable employability (i.e. vitality, work ability and employability) instead of just one or two. These findings stress the urgency to spread awareness on the importance of engaging sustainable employability throughout the organization and with that the importance of working on all three aspects of sustainable employability.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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