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The mediating role of informal learning on work engagement: older workers in the US public sector

The mediating role of informal learning on work engagement: older workers in the US public sector The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating relationship between organizational culture, informal learning and work engagement of older workers in a public organizational setting. More specifically, this study aimed to investigate if informal learning is a pivotal component connecting an organizational-level factor (culture) to work engagement, which, in turn, directly influences business performance in the workplace.Design/methodology/approachAfter a careful review of the selected and relevant literature, four hypotheses were developed to test the structural relationships between the selected variables.FindingsThe data analysis indicated that informal learning mediated the relationship between organizational culture and work engagement for older employees working in a public organizational setting.Practical implicationsThe findings from this study provide a solid justification for promoting informal learning in organizations to ensure knowledge transfer between younger and older generations while minimizing knowledge and financial loss for organizations.Originality/valueIn previous research, little emphasis has been placed on the impact of informal learning on work engagement. This study presents a valuable finding about the role of informal learning to facilitate work engagement for older workers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Training and Development Emerald Publishing

The mediating role of informal learning on work engagement: older workers in the US public sector

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2046-9012
DOI
10.1108/ejtd-04-2020-0062
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating relationship between organizational culture, informal learning and work engagement of older workers in a public organizational setting. More specifically, this study aimed to investigate if informal learning is a pivotal component connecting an organizational-level factor (culture) to work engagement, which, in turn, directly influences business performance in the workplace.Design/methodology/approachAfter a careful review of the selected and relevant literature, four hypotheses were developed to test the structural relationships between the selected variables.FindingsThe data analysis indicated that informal learning mediated the relationship between organizational culture and work engagement for older employees working in a public organizational setting.Practical implicationsThe findings from this study provide a solid justification for promoting informal learning in organizations to ensure knowledge transfer between younger and older generations while minimizing knowledge and financial loss for organizations.Originality/valueIn previous research, little emphasis has been placed on the impact of informal learning on work engagement. This study presents a valuable finding about the role of informal learning to facilitate work engagement for older workers.

Journal

European Journal of Training and DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: May 12, 2021

Keywords: Organizational culture; Structural equation modeling; Older workers; Informal learning; Public sector; Employee work engagement

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