Stimulating job crafting behaviors of older workers: The influence of opportunity-enhancing human resource practices and psychological empowerment

Dorien T. A. M. Kooij*, Annet H. De Lange, Karina Van De Voorde

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Abstract

Since job crafting behaviour is of profound importance for the retention of older workers, we examined how organizations can stimulate job crafting behaviour among older workers with opportunity-enhancing Human Resource (HR) practices. We introduced three job crafting behaviours: accommodative, utilization, and developmental job crafting. We hypothesized that opportunity-enhancing HR practices increase psychological empowerment among older workers and therefore their job crafting behaviour. We conducted a survey study with two waves among 125 Dutch older workers (65+) affiliated with a temporary employment agency aiming to employ older workers and found that changes in perceptions of opportunity-enhancing HR practices are positively related to changes in psychological empowerment and, in turn, to changes in utilization and developmental crafting behaviours. Unexpectedly, changes in psychological empowerment were not associated with changes in accommodative crafting and changes in opportunity-enhancing HR practices perceptions were not directly associated with changes in job crafting behaviour. With this study, we contribute to the literature on job crafting and human resource management by showing that opportunity-enhancing HR practices influence job crafting behaviour through psychological empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalThe European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

Keywords

  • Older workers
  • job crafting
  • opportunity-enhancing HR practices
  • psychological empowerment
  • SOCIAL COGNITIVE THEORY
  • FIRM PERFORMANCE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • SYSTEMS
  • MODEL
  • COMPENSATION
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • SELECTION
  • STRATEGIES
  • MOTIVATION

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