Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Sustainable Employability: A Systematic Review

Emmelie Hazelzet*, Eleonora Picco, Inge Houkes, Hans Bosma, Angelique de Rijk

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Despite growing interest in sustainable employability (SE), studies on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at employees' SE are scarce. In this review, SE is defined by four core components: health, productivity, valuable work, and long-term perspective. The aim of this review is to summarize the effectiveness of employer-initiated SE interventions and to analyze whether their content and outcome measures addressed these SE components. Methods: A systematic search was performed in six databases for the period January 1997 to June 2018. The methodological quality of each included study was assessed. A customized form was used to extract data and categorize interventions according to SE components. Results: The initial search identified 596 articles and 7 studies were included. Methodological quality ranged from moderate to weak. All interventions addressed the components health' and valuable work'. Positive effects were found for valuable work' outcomes. Conclusions: The quality of evidence was moderate to weak. The valuable work' component appeared essential for the effectiveness of SE interventions. Higher-quality evaluation studies are needed, as are interventions that effectively integrate all SE core components in their content.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1985
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Sustainable employability
  • effectiveness
  • interventions
  • core components
  • vitality
  • health
  • productivity
  • valuable work
  • long-term perspective
  • systematic review

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