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Learning climate perceptions as a determinant of employability : an empirical study among European ICT professionals.

Van der Heijde, Claudia M. and Van der Heijden, Beatrice I. J. M. and Scholarios, Dora and Bozionelos, Nikos and Mikkelsen, Aslaug and Epitropaki, Olga and Marzec, Izabela and Jędrzejowicz, Piotr and Looise, Jan C. (2018) 'Learning climate perceptions as a determinant of employability : an empirical study among European ICT professionals.', Frontiers in psychology., 9 . p. 2471.

Abstract

This study investigated the role of age in the relationship between perceptions of learning climate and self- and supervisor-rated employability among European Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals. The psychological climate for learning was operationalized by three indicators, namely the perceptions that employees have of the learning value of their job, supervisor support for learning, and the organizational support for learning. As hypothesized, a Structural Equation Model demonstrated that the relationship between age and perceptions of learning climate was negative. The model also showed a strong positive relationship between learning climate and self-reported and supervisor-rated employability. Furthermore, learning climate perceptions appeared important for employability irrespective of life or career stage. An explorative bootstrapping-based test suggested that older workers with managerial responsibilities profit less from psychological learning climate for self-reported and supervisor-rated employability than older workers at non-managerial levels. These findings have important implications for human resource practices that aim to increase lifelong employability.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02471
Publisher statement:Copyright © 2018 Van der Heijde, Van der Heijden, Scholarios, Bozionelos, Mikkelsen, Epitropaki, Marzec, Jędrzejowicz, Looise and the Indicator Study Group. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date accepted:21 November 2018
Date deposited:03 January 2019
Date of first online publication:20 December 2018
Date first made open access:03 January 2019

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