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On the Relation between Task-Variety, Social Informal Learning, and Employability

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Fluctuating demands and fast changing job-requirements require organizations to invest in employees so that they are able to take up new tasks. In this respect, fostering employees' employability is high on the agenda of many organizations. As a prerequisite for creating employability, many scholars have focused on the role of social informal learning. In this study, we extend this perspective and examine the relationships between task variety, social informal learning, and employability. We hypothesized that task variety is a catalyst for social informal learning, which in turn enhances employees' employability. We contribute empirical evidence for this mechanism. However, while task variety leads to social informal learning and, subsequently, the competences needed for employability, task variety also may have negative direct effects on employability. We discuss the implications of these findings for future research and practice.

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  • Employability, Social informal learning, Task variety, Workplace learning, FEEDBACK-SEEKING BEHAVIOR, PERCEIVED EMPLOYABILITY, PROFESSIONAL-DEVELOPMENT, HELP-SEEKING, ANTECEDENTS, WORKPLACE, WORK, MOTIVATION, VALIDATION, KNOWLEDGE
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-127
Number of pages15
JournalVocations and Learning
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date2018
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019