The impact of values-job fit and age on work-related learning

L. Van Den Ouweland*, Piet van den Bossche

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Abstract

Research shows that both individual and job-related factors influence a worker's work-related learning. This study combines these factors, examining the impact of fit between one's work values and job characteristics on learning. Although research indicates that fit benefits multiple work-related outcomes, little is known about the impact of fit on learning. Moreover, life span theories indicate that values evolve throughout the lifespan. Therefore, we examined how age influences work values and thereby work-related learning. Our self-report questionnaire was completed by 221 workers of various ages and occupations. Our findings indicate that work values, job characteristics and their fit influence the quantity and quality of work- related learning. Generally, a higher fit benefits learning, but misfit can also stimulate learning. Workers of different ages report an equal amount of learning, but perform different learning activities. However, this relationship is unrelated to work values. Recommendations for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-210
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Learning and Development
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • PERSON-JOB
  • WORKPLACE
  • MOTIVATION
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • SATISFACTION
  • EMPLOYEES
  • OLDER
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • ANTECEDENTS
  • PERCEPTIONS

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