Supporting the Aging Workforce: A Review and Recommendations for Workplace Intervention Research
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 351-381, 2015
Posted: 14 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 2015
The workforce in most industrialized countries is aging and becoming more age-diverse, and this trend is expected to continue throughout the twenty-first century. Although there has been an increased interest in research on age differences at work, few studies have examined actual interventions designed to support workers at different points across the life span. In this article, we review the literature related to aging at work, including physical, cognitive, personality, and motivational changes; life-span development theories; age stereotyping; age diversity; and work–life balance. Based on this review, we propose a number of avenues for intervention research to address age differences at work. We conclude by identifying critical challenges specific to studying age at work that should be addressed to advance research on interventions.
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