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The impact of organizational policies on healthy aging at work

The fundamental shift from an early exit culture to a culture in which extended labor force participation by older adults is the norm raises many questions about how current and future generations of older adults are managing and will manage their late careers. Older workers, who are expected to work much longer than they had envisioned, are challenged to find ways to remain productive, while employers are equally challenged to offer opportunities to attain that goal. The literature on employers’ behaviors reveals a considerable variety in organizations’ age management policies. This variety is reflected in the large differences in the extent to which organizations support delaying the labor force exits of their older workers, are willing to hire older workers, and are employing policies to maintain and enhance worker productivity. This PhD-project within the project "Ageing workers in an ageing society: Labour force transitions and work in late life" explicitly links work contexts and organizational policies with individuals’ late career health and decision making. More specifically, it will construct measures of the policies used in the firm or sector regarding older workers and relate this prospectively to different health measures (subjective health, vitality at work, health problems at work) and retirement. In so doing, we will be able to examine empirically which types of organizational policies stimulate healthy ageing at work and a more flexible transition from work to retirement.

This PhD-project is a collaborative effort to combine expertise from NIDI-KNAW with expertise of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the field of healthy ageing at work.

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