Age management in the workplace: manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice

Egdell, Valerie, Maclean, Gavin, Raeside, Robert and Chen, Tao (2018) Age management in the workplace: manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice. Ageing & Society. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0144-686X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X18001307

Abstract

The impact of an ageing workforce on the workplace is a concern internationally. Governments are increasingly encouraging the continued labour market participation of older workers, seeking to remove previous barriers to the extension of working lives and give more choice to workers. Despite these legislative drivers, research has consistently found a lack of systematic approaches by employers to prepare and benefit from these demographic and labour market changes. In this paper, qualitative research is drawn upon to examine how managers and older workers think about age and ageing in the workplace; the support put in place for older workers, as well as future priorities; and the lived experiences of the older workers. It is highlighted that employees' age and fitness for work is treated on an individual basis, rather than having formal plans to manage the workplace for older workers. This thus indicates a hands-off approach from management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: age management; older workers; active ageing; ageing population
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 12:27
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 15:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37091

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