Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235


Investing in employability: whose responsibility?

Investing in employability: whose responsibility?

M. Verbruggen, A. Forrier, L. Sels & A. Bollen, Gedrag & Organisatie, volume 21, March 2008, pp. 56-73

Investing in employability is often regarded as a shared responsibility between employees and employers. In practice, however, not all employees and employers take up that responsibility. The Flemish government introduced an 'entitlement to external career guidance' to correct the observed deficiencies. In this article we investigate whether this entitlement can do so. In addition, we examine how employability-investment of employers affects employability-initiative of employees. We conduct a path analysis using data of 803 Flemish employees. Results indicate that employability-initiative of employers encourages employees to take on activities of their own accord, that especially proactive employees are willing to participate in external career guidance and that external career guidance can not totally compensate for a lack of employability-support of the employer.


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