Overqualified Employees: Perspectives of Older Workers
Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4 (2011), 247–249
4 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2015
Date Written: June 2011
In their focal article, Erdogan, Bauer, Peiro, and Truxillo (2011) briefly note that overqualified older workers, in particular, are more likely to be a benefit rather than a liability to the organization. We expand on this idea, focusing on three dynamics that can explain why older workers find benefits in being overqualified: developmental changes that occur over the life span, higher levels of job and organization embeddedness experienced by older workers, and bridge employment.
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