Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers
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Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers

Edited by Ans De Vos and Beatrice I.J.M. van der Heijden

What is a sustainable career and how can individuals and organizations develop pathways that lead to them? With current levels of global unemployment and the need for life-long learning and employability enhancement these questions assume a pressing significance. With twenty-eight chapters from leading scholars, the Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers makes an important contribution to our understanding of sustainable careers and lays the foundation for the direction of future research.
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Chapter 10: Sustainable labour participation and sustainable careers

Judith H. Semeijn, Karen Van Dam, Tinka Van Vuuren and Beatrice I.J.M. Van der Heijden


Changing economic and social circumstances, as well as changing demographics are leading to a growing interest in sustainable labour participation of workers. In terms of business considerations, sustainable labour participation refers to people value, or more social value, of business practice and involves a longer term perspective. This chapter provides a conceptual framework for (micro-level) individual sustainable labour participation, in terms of its components: employability, vitality and workability. Next, an overview of important antecedents (at micro-level and meso-level) will be given, building on the theoretical notions of, especially, the Job Demands–Job Resources model. The chapter also serves a practical aim: insight in stimulating versus hindering antecedents can contribute to a better understanding of what employers (meso-level) and employees (micro-level) can do to realize more sustainable organizational practices. The relation with and consequences for sustainable careers are therefore discussed, resulting in several recommendations for future research and for organizational practice.

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