Supporting the mature aged workforce

Pillay, Hitendra K., Kelly, Kathy, & Tones, Megan J. (2010) Supporting the mature aged workforce. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 10(1), pp. 13-26.

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This article presents findings from an Australian research project regarding management of the mature aged workforce and ageing demographic issues. Semi structured interviews were used to discuss perceptions of older workers, ageing demography, informal work practices, formal work practices and business development. The sample included 25 employees from three local governments from the Queensland State in Australia. Four main themes emerged from the analysis regarding the current setting. These were: (1) Despite negative stereotyping, respondents had a positive view of older workers, (2) Age management was more of an issue for the outdoor workforce due to declines in physiological capacities associated with aging, (3) The overarching policy framework within the local councils was age neutral; and (4) Informal age management strategies existed at the discretion of the respective managers and section heads. An age conscious and forethought workforce plan was viewed as the next step towards a formal age management strategy. The findings indicate that mentoring, training and flexible work options to retain staff and to retain corporate knowledge may be some of the options for the future

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ID Code: 30120
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mature Aged Workers, Succession planning, Transitional employment, Mentoring, Training and development
ISSN: 1175-5407
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2010 23:35
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:20

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