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Workplace Preparedness for an Ageing Workforce: A Case Study

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

Authors

Valerie Egdell

Robert Raeside

Tao Chen



Abstract

Design/methodology/approach
A questionnaire survey of workplaces was undertaken in the Fife region of Scotland, which in economic and demographic terms is representative of wider Scotland and other nations in Northern Europe. Descriptive analysis was undertaken to give insight into concerns and actions taken regarding ageing workforces.
Purpose
For many nations, their workforces are ageing. The motivation of this paper is to explore the concerns and attitudes of employers to employing older workers and what information they require.
Findings
Most workplaces perceive more advantages to employing older workers than challenges. Many have adapted training and work practices, but many have not. The majority surveyed believe that existing policies and strategies are sufficient. This points to the need for national and local government and employer associations to become more active to persuade workplaces to better manage future workplaces.
Research Limitations/implications
Generalisability is problematic and the small sample restricted the scope of statistical analysis.
Practical Implications
We were unable to judge the severity of how an ageing workforce impacts on workplace performance, as employers found it difficult to conceptualise and identify the impact of ageing from market and economic pressures.
Social Implications
Resulting from population ageing the workforce of many societies are becoming older, this will impact on workplace relations and the social identity of those over the age of fifty years.
Originality
Little research has been undertaken to assess workplaces awareness of, and how to adapt to, an ageing workforce and research is required to inform and guide management strategy of employers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 25, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2021
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Aug 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2021
Journal International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Print ISSN 0144-333X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 9/10
Pages 890-907
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-07-2021-0175
Keywords Older Workers, Workplace Adaption, Preparedness for Change
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2796823

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