Jobs that Work for Older Workers
There are many reasons for employers to consider how to respond to the needs, and perhaps unique requirements, of older workers. There are different, but equally compelling reasons, for older employees to consider new options for continued work beyond conventional retirement ages. Yet we know too little about what older employees want and need to map out a new future in the transition from work to retirement.
Thus, this part of the project was designed to identify and describe innovative strategies for a corporate culture that is responsive to the work/life needs of an older workforce. As we did with the hourly worker study, in our study of older workers we examined strategies for making workplace flexibility (and other workplace initiatives) available and feasible. Our questions are:
- What constitutes job quality for older workers?
- What are the drivers of employee engagement for older workers?
- How do generational differences in the perceptions of the capabilities of older workers affect employee engagement and well-being?