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“Employability-miles” and worker employability awareness

  • Gerards Ruud
  • Grip Andries de
  • Witlox Maaike

    (METEOR)

This article studies the use and impact of a firm-sponsored training (“Employability-miles”)voucher scheme that aims to stimulate employees to develop a more active attitude toward their ownemployability. Using data from two surveys of the firm’s workforce, we find that voucher use isrelated to various personality traits and personal characteristics. In particular, a worker’sambition, goal setting, and education level are positively related to voucher use. In addition,women and those with longer tenure spend their vouchers more often. Conversely, workers with amore positive self-image as well as those who are negatively reciprocal spend their vouchers lessoften. The negative relation between voucher use and negative reciprocity suggests that workerswho are more negatively reciprocal perceive the voucher as a threat. Further, we find that voucheruse positively affects worker employability awareness and willingness to train.Remarkably, participation in non-voucher training shows little relation to personality traits.From a human resources perspective, this finding suggests that by employing a voucher scheme, thefirm makes training participation more dependent on employee personality and individualcharacteristics instead of human resources practices.

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