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 - Jan 2017


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