Keeping older employees engaged and at work | 11/7/2018 | Staff
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A new research paper published in A-ranked journal Personnel Review has identified the factors most likely to keep older employees engaged and in the workforce.

Lead author, Professor Tim Bentley from the Massey Business School, says the study clearly demonstrates the value of organisational support for older workers.

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"According to the OECD, nearly 79 percent of New Zealanders aged 55 to 64 are employed—and supporting older workers to remain at work will only become more important in the future," he says.

"When older employees believe their organisation values their wellbeing, they reciprocate with greater effort and commitment in return. Of course the opposite is also true—if they perceive their employer doesn't particularly support its older workers, they are much more likely to quit."

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The study surveyed 1238 New Zealand workers aged 55 years and older and was conducted by a research team with academics from Massey University, AUT, University of Waikato and Edith Cowan University in Australia.

Professor Bentley says the study identified four quick fixes for organisations wanting to retain older workers:


Flexible working arrangements;

Training for managers and recruitment staff in recognising age bias;

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The championing of positive attitudes towards older workers by senior management;

Introducing mentoring programmes between older and younger workers.


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