The importance of a precise definition, comprehensive model, and critical discussion of successful aging at work

Zacher, Hannes (2015) The importance of a precise definition, comprehensive model, and critical discussion of successful aging at work. Work, Aging and Retirement, 1(4), pp. 320-333.

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Abstract

It is crucial to advance understanding of the concept of successful aging at work to guide rigorous future research and effective practice. Drawing on the gerontology and life-span developmental literatures, I recently proposed a definition and theoretical framework of successful aging at work that revolve around employees increasingly deviating from average developmental trajectories across the working life span. Based on sustainability, person–job fit, and proactivity theories, Kooij suggested an alternative perspective that emphasizes the active role of employees for successful aging at work. In this article, I compare the 2 approaches and attempt a partial integration. I highlight the importance of a precise definition, comprehensive model, and critical discussion of successful aging at work. Furthermore, I suggest that person–environment fit variables other than person–job fit (e.g., person–organization fit) and adapting to person–environment misfit may also contribute to successful aging at work. Finally, I argue that proactive behaviors must have age-differential effects on work outcomes to be considered personal resources for successful aging at work.

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ID Code: 92406
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Successful Aging, Work
DOI: 10.1093/workar/wav020
ISSN: 2054-4650
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2016 23:17
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 18:24

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