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Employability-miles and worker employability awareness

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  • Gerards Ruud
  • Grip Andries de
  • Witlox Maaike

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This article studies the use and impact of a firm-sponsored training (“Employabilitymiles”)voucher scheme that aims to stimulate employees to develop a more activeattitude toward their own employability. Using data from two surveys of the firm’sworkforce, we find that voucher use is related to various personality traits and personalcharacteristics. In particular, a worker’s ambition, goal setting, and education level arepositively related to voucher use. In addition, women and those with longer tenure spendtheir vouchers more often. Conversely, workers with a more positive self-image as wellas those who are negatively reciprocal spend their vouchers less often. The negativerelation between voucher use and negative reciprocity suggests that workers whoare more negatively reciprocal perceive the voucher as a threat. Further, we find thatvoucher use positively affects worker employability awareness and willingness to train.Remarkably, participation in non-voucher training shows little relation to personalitytraits. From a human resources perspective, this finding suggests that by employing avoucher scheme, the firm makes training participation more dependent on employeepersonality and individual characteristics instead of human resources practices.

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Paper provided by Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) in its series ROA Research Memorandum with number 010.

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