Organisational Culture and Employability of Older Workers; the Influence of the nature of work Analyzing the moderating effect of the nature of work on the relationship between organisational culture and perceived employability.

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2024-02-27
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Summary Master Thesis – Ruud Albers, s1027163 Due to the growing number of 50+ employees within organisations and consequent labor shortages, a need has risen to successfully manage the employability of the older employee. This study focusses on the relationship between the organisational culture and the employability level of older employees in order to provide findings on how to improve the employability of older employees. Organisational culture within this study was measured by the three constructs: ‘Equality of Opportunity’, ‘Image of Age’, and ‘Open & Target-group Specific Communication’. Based on the decreasing mental and physical capacity of the human body due to age, combined with the negative stereotypes towards older employees, the moderating effect of the nature of work was tested to see if the relationship between organisational culture and employability is significantly different for employees performing office work than for employees doing physical work. This study collected quantitative data from a sample of 235 respondents by the usage of a survey. The results showed no significant relationship between organisational culture and the employability level of older employees. In addition, the nature of work does not moderate this relationship. Nevertheless, the results have shown that perceived health has a positively influence on employability, while physical work has a negative influence on employability. This study provides practical recommendations for managers and organisations to improve the accessibility to a healthier employee lifestyle, and to decrease the percentage of the time an older employee spends doing physical work.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen