The mediating role of social informal learning in the relationship between learning climate and employability

Samantha Crans*, Maike Gerken, Simon Beausaert, Mien Segers

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Abstract

Purpose
This study examines whether learning climate relates to employability competences through social informal learning (i.e. feedback, help and information seeking).

Design/methodology/approach
Multiple regression analyses and structural equation modeling were used to test direct and indirect effects in a sample of 372 employees working in two Dutch governmental institutes.

Findings
The analyses confirmed that learning climate has an indirect effect on employability competences through feedback, help and information seeking. More specifically, the findings suggest that learning climate is important for employees' engagement in proactive social informal learning activities. Engaging in these learning activities, in turn, relates to a higher level of employability.

Originality/value
This study employs an integrative approach to understanding employability by including the organization's learning climate and employees' social informal learning behavior. It contributes to the extant literature on professional development by unraveling how proactive social informal learning relates to employability competences. It also provides new insights on learning climate as a determinant for social informal learning and employability.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalCareer Development International
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Employability
  • Competences
  • Workplace learning
  • Social informal learning
  • Learning climate
  • FEEDBACK-SEEKING
  • HELP-SEEKING
  • PROFESSIONAL-DEVELOPMENT
  • ANTECEDENTS
  • WORKPLACE
  • STAFF
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • ORIENTATION
  • INVOLVEMENT
  • VALIDATION

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