Iwin on Research

multigenerational & older workers

There are many reasons for employers to consider how to respond to the unique needs and requirements of workers in every generation, including those nearing/ post retirement and those just entering the workforce.  iwin conducts research on how and where the needs of businesses and the needs of a multigenerational workforce intersect.

the kentucky aging workforce study

Principal Investigator: Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., iwin
Co-Principal Investigator: Jennifer E. Swanberg, Ph.D., iwin
Co-Principal Investigator: Lisa Williams, MSSW, iwin

Research indicates that while two-thirds of older adults plan to work well into retirement age, there is significant under and unemployment among older workers in the state despite the fact that 23% of Kentucky's population will be over 50 by 2020. Workforce development systems are ill-prepared to assist older adults seeking employment. UK iwin and NIOSH have conducted a study of Kentucky employers to gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges they face as their workforce ages. The primary focus was on:

. current practices and policies employers use related to employee safety, health and engagement;
. needs employers expect to have as the population continues to age; and
. promising practices for creating healthy and productive workplaces for older workers.

the citisales study: jobs that work for older workers


Principal Investigator: Jacquelyn B. James, Ph.D., Boston College
Co-Principal Investigators: Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D., Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin), University of Kentucky
Sharon P. McKechnie, Ph.D, Emmanuel College

These issue briefs are offered as one component of the CitiSales Study, which is a research study that focuses on employee engagement among hourly and older workers at a Fortune 100 retail firm. This analysis examines the specific components of job quality for older workers (both hourly and professional) in a large U.S.-based retail chain to assess their impact on employee engagement. The section of this report that focuses on hourly workers is available here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Swanberg at jswanberg@uky.edu.