Flexible Work Organization and Employer Provided Training: Evidence from German Linked Employer-Employee Data

49 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2018 Last revised: 19 May 2022

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Annika Campaner

University of Trier

John S. Heywood

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Uwe Jirjahn

University of Trier - Faculty of Economics

Abstract

We examine the hypothesis that flexible work organization involves greater skill requirements and, hence, an increased likelihood of receiving employer provided training. Using unique linked employer-employee data from Germany, we confirm that employees are more likely to receive training when their jobs are characterized by greater decision-making autonomy and task variety, two essential elements of flexibility. Critically, the training associated with workplace flexibility does not simply reflect technology. Skill-biased organizational change plays its own role. Moreover, we show that the training associated with workplace flexibility is disproportionately oriented toward employees with a greater formal education. Our results also provide modest evidence of an age bias of workplace flexibility. However, the link between workplace flexibility and training does not appear to differ by gender.

Keywords: skill-biased organizational change, multitasking, delegation, training

JEL Classification: J24, L00, M53

Suggested Citation

Campaner, Annika and Heywood, John S. and Jirjahn, Uwe, Flexible Work Organization and Employer Provided Training: Evidence from German Linked Employer-Employee Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11696, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3234219

Annika Campaner (Contact Author)

University of Trier

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John S. Heywood

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee ( email )

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Uwe Jirjahn

University of Trier - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Trier, 54286
Germany

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