Objective: To determine the measures employers in the construction industry take to promote sustainable employability, the barriers and facilitators that influence implementation and employer needs. Methods: Questionnaire among 499 employers and interviews with 17 employers. Results: Employers expressed a need for alternative jobs for workers who can no longer perform physically demanding tasks, as well as means to stimulate proactive employee behavior. Measures frequently targeted the work environment (95%) and employee health (79%), less frequently personal development (63%) and organization (65%). Implementation was influenced by economic factors, rules and regulations, client demands, employee demands, company vision, company culture, and time/manpower/expertise. Conclusions: Implementation of measures aimed at reducing physical load and the promotion of personal development are needed.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000913, hdl.handle.net/1765/98749
Journal Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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Tonnon, S.C. (Susanne C.), Van Der Veen, R. (Rozan), Westerman, M.J, Robroek, S.J.W, Ploeg, H.P, van der Beek, A.J, & Proper, K.I. (2017). The Employer Perspective on Sustainable Employability in the Construction Industry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(1), 85–91. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000913