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An introduction to the work and well‐being of older workers From managing threats to creating opportunities

An introduction to the work and well‐being of older workers From managing threats to creating... Purpose – The article's aim is to introduce the papers contained in this special issue of the Journal of Managerial Psychology . Design/methodology/approach – Specifically the present article starts by discussing the meaning of the factor age and by considering who is actually termed an older worker. Next, the consequences of cognitive, physical and mental changes during the aging process for work and organizations are being discussed. Before presenting a general introduction to the research contributions that are included in this special issue, a plea is made for a more positive approach to older employees. The article presents a literature review, a discussion of the main topics and suggestions for future pathways for research and HRM. Findings – It is indisputable that some cognitive, physical and mental changes take place while people grow older. However, what is less certain is how these changes impede on employees' well‐being. Recently, scholars seem to agree that the picture is not as negative as one used to think. Research limitations/implications – The implications are: use different conceptualizations of age; focus on the process of aging instead of on age as a factor; shift the focus from managing threats to creating opportunities. Practical implications – It is in both employers' and employees' interest to make the best use of employees of all ages and to manage employees in accordance with individual attributes and capacities rather than by making assumptions based on age. Originality/value – The article frames the issues and sets the stage for a more positive approach towards older workers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Managerial Psychology Emerald Publishing

An introduction to the work and well‐being of older workers From managing threats to creating opportunities

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0268-3946
DOI
10.1108/02683940810869006
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Abstract

Purpose – The article's aim is to introduce the papers contained in this special issue of the Journal of Managerial Psychology . Design/methodology/approach – Specifically the present article starts by discussing the meaning of the factor age and by considering who is actually termed an older worker. Next, the consequences of cognitive, physical and mental changes during the aging process for work and organizations are being discussed. Before presenting a general introduction to the research contributions that are included in this special issue, a plea is made for a more positive approach to older employees. The article presents a literature review, a discussion of the main topics and suggestions for future pathways for research and HRM. Findings – It is indisputable that some cognitive, physical and mental changes take place while people grow older. However, what is less certain is how these changes impede on employees' well‐being. Recently, scholars seem to agree that the picture is not as negative as one used to think. Research limitations/implications – The implications are: use different conceptualizations of age; focus on the process of aging instead of on age as a factor; shift the focus from managing threats to creating opportunities. Practical implications – It is in both employers' and employees' interest to make the best use of employees of all ages and to manage employees in accordance with individual attributes and capacities rather than by making assumptions based on age. Originality/value – The article frames the issues and sets the stage for a more positive approach towards older workers.

Journal

Journal of Managerial PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: May 2, 2008

Keywords: Work identity; Older workers; Ageing (biology); Equal opportunities

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