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Age management in the workplace: manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice

Egdell, Valerie; Maclean, Gavin; Raeside, Robert; Chen, Tao


Valerie Egdell

Tao Chen


The impact of an ageing workforce on the workplace is a concern internationally. Governments are increasingly encouraging the continued labour market participation of older workers, seeking to remove previous barriers to the extension of working lives and give more choice to workers. Despite these legislative drivers, research has consistently found a lack of systematic approaches by employers to prepare and benefit from these demographic and labour market changes. In this paper, qualitative research is drawn upon to examine how managers and older workers think about age and ageing in the workplace; the support put in place for older workers, as well as future priorities; and the lived experiences of the older workers. It is highlighted that employees' age and fitness for work is treated on an individual basis, rather than having formal plans to manage the workplace for older workers. This thus indicates a hands-off approach from management.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 8, 2018
Publication Date 2020-04
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2018
Journal Ageing & Society
Print ISSN 0144-686X
Electronic ISSN 1469-1779
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Pages 784-804
Keywords Age management; older workers; active ageing; ageing population;
Public URL
Contract Date Sep 4, 2018


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