Overqualified Employees: Perspectives of Older Workers

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4 (2011), 247–249

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Kenneth Shultz

California State University, San Bernardino

Deborah Olson

University of La Verne

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Shultz, Kenneth and Olson, Deborah and Wang, Mo, Overqualified Employees: Perspectives of Older Workers (June 2011). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4 (2011), 247–249, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639347

Kenneth Shultz (Contact Author)

California State University, San Bernardino ( email )

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Deborah Olson

University of La Verne

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La Verne, CA 91750
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Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management ( email )

United States

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