Managing employees' employability: Employer and employee perspectives

J van Harten, Brenda Vermeeren

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This chapter uses research findings and examples from practice to provide a state-of-the-art overview of public sector workers’ employability and its determinants and outcomes. Employability is attracting growing attention from both public and private sector organizations. However, scarce research attention has been paid to the importance and features of the employability of employees in public organizations. Scholars regard and study employability mostly as an issue for business organizations. This chapter demonstrates, among other things, that both in research and in practice, employability is predominantly treated in a generic, non-sector-specific way. This leads to a call for public sector-specific studies and comparative research across countries and sectors. The chapter ends with proposals for future research and policy agendas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging for public service performance. How people and values make a difference
Subtitle of host publicationHow People and Values Make a Difference
EditorsP. Leisink, L.B. Andersen, G.A. Brewer, C.B, Jacobsen, E. Knies, W. Vandenabeele
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780192893420
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021

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