CREATING VALUE FOR EMPLOYEES: INVESTMENT IN EMPLOYEES' EMPLOYABILITY
 
Lee, C.H., Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Bruvold, N., University of Cincinnati, USA
 
Many workers today, regardless of their age, tend to have similar needs, namely the concerns about employability and the commitment by their organization to their employability: Will this job or the organization provide me with the skills I need to ensure a decent living in the future? (Lewis, 2000). These days, employees are faced with the reality that no job is for life anymore. The only security that an individual can depend upon is their future employability. Therefore this research intends to explore the strength of the relationships of investment in employees' employability and the intent to leave outcome with work attitudes such as organizational commitment and job satisfaction as mediators. This model was tested using comparable samples of nurses from Singapore and the U.S. using Multi-group analyses. The investigation showed support for partial measurement equivalent in both samples. The results showed that investment in employees' employability was significantly related to work attitudes affective commitment and job satisfaction in both samples. In addition, the results showed that investment in employees' employability was significantly related to intent to leave when mediated by affective commitment and job satisfaction. Theoretical, cross-cultural and practical implications in both countries are given attention throughout the discussion of the findings. Employability, Organizational Commitment, Multigroup analysis.