The Employer Perspective on Sustainable Employability in the Construction Industry

Susanne C. Tonnon, Rozan Van Der Veen, Marjan J. Westerman, Suzan J.W. Robroek, Hidde P. Van Der Ploeg, Allard J. Van Der Beek, Karin I. Proper*

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Objective: To determine the measures employers in the construction industry take to promote sustainable employability, the barriers and facilitators that influence implementation and employer needs. Methods: Questionnaire among 499 employers and interviews with 17 employers. Results: Employers expressed a need for alternative jobs for workers who can no longer perform physically demanding tasks, as well as means to stimulate proactive employee behavior. Measures frequently targeted the work environment (95%) and employee health (79%), less frequently personal development (63%) and organization (65%). Implementation was influenced by economic factors, rules and regulations, client demands, employee demands, company vision, company culture, and time/manpower/expertise. Conclusions: Implementation of measures aimed at reducing physical load and the promotion of personal development are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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