Sa-OR-S138-2 - The Effect Of Hrd Practices On Perceived Employability: Test Of A Moderated Mediation Model

Career planning and management
Oral Presentation
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Saturday May 20   11:45 AM to 12:00 PM (15 minutes)
Human resource management
Career planning and management
The effect of HRD practices on perceived employability: Test of a moderated mediation model
S. Dello Russo*, M. Polanska 1
1ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
Content:         - Purpose
The purpose of this study was threefold: 1) examining whether human resource development (HRD) practices an employee has experienced over one’s career have a positive impact on perceived employability; 2) investigating whether such an effect can be explained via enacted career self-management behaviors, namely self-initiated behaviors aimed at adapting or developing one’s career (King, 2004); 3) exploring to what extent HRD practices stimulate career self-management differently among older and younger employees.   
        - Design/Methodology
We collected data from a sample of over 300 employees in Portugal, using a web-based survey that is part of a larger cross-cultural study (the 5C project; Briscoe, Hall, & Mayrhofer, 2012) and tested a moderated mediation model using the PROCESS macro (Hayes, 2016).  
        - Results
The results show that HRD practices are associated with higher perceptions of employability via career self-management behaviors. Moreover, the mediating role of career self-management behaviors seems to be significant for older but not younger employees.
        - Limitations
Data are cross-sectional, although collected with a retrospective time-frame for what concerns HRD practices.
        - Research/Practical Implications
Older employees seem to especially benefit from HRD practices, which may characterize as a strategy to overcome a structural disadvantage, since they are the group reporting lower perceived employability. Nonetheless, by being exposed to practices that support the development of proactive and self-initiated behaviors for planning and taking on responsibility for one’s future career, they can perceive themselves as more employable. 
        - Originality/Value
This study contributes to our knowledge of the contingent effects of HRD practices for specific employee sub-populations.  

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