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Skill flexibility among schoolteachers: operationalization and organizational implications

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This study is an empirical investigation into the effect of skill flexibility on work attitudes and performance and into managerial attitudes toward skill flexibility. Secondary schools in Israel were used as a case in point, and skill flexibility of teachers was operationalized, distinguishing between role flexibility (the combination of teaching and other school roles) and functional flexibility (the combination of several teaching areas). It was found that both role and functional flexibility were associated with improved teachers' work performance. Role flexibility was also linked to high organizational commitment and low powerlessness. The findings of the study are supported by interviews with principals, who were generally appreciative of skill-flexible teachers, but raised practical difficulties related to organizational support of skill flexibility.
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Keywords: Employee Attitudes; Functional Flexibility; Job Design; Performance; Skills Flexibility; Work

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1999

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