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Ageless Talent
Enhancing the Performance and Well-Being of Your Age-Diverse Workforce

ISBN 9780367345686
Published April 1, 2021 by Routledge
190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ageless Talent: Enhancing the Performance and Well-Being of Your Age-Diverse Workforce provides organizational leaders, managers, and supervisors with clear, evidence-based tactics by which to develop and manage an aging and age-diverse talent pool. This volume provides an easy-to-implement set of tools for addressing the difficult problems related to employee performance and well-being amid ongoing technological and social change.

Ageless Talent introduces a straightforward framework (PIERA) that translates scientific advances into actionable steps and strategies. Using this framework, this book provides practical illustrations to help readers design their own small-scale interventions to achieve desirable goals under diverse organizational constraints. Furthermore, the book addresses modern management challenges arising across the globe, and offers suggestions for leaders interested in short-term and long-term change. These suggestions, grounded in time-tested and leading-edge research evidence, include specific step-by-step guidelines, customizable to different types of organizations and industries.

With economic, cultural, technological, and demographic shifts making the changing nature of work a pressing concern for organizations around the globe, Ageless Talent is an essential text for practitioners – HR professionals, organizational leaders, and managers – as well as management education programs and professional training and leadership programs. It will also appeal to instructors and students in the field of industrial/organizational psychology.

Table of Contents

1. Work is evolving, and so are workers. Let’s prepare for that 2. The PIERA approach and how to use it 3. Motivation and engagement across the working lifetime 4. Training and learning as workers evolve in a technology-driven world 5. Adjusting to changes in workers' physical and other abilities over time 6. Effective teamwork and relationships in diverse teams as workers evolve 7. Enhancing work-nonwork balance and well-being of evolving workers 8. Managing and supporting employee talent for success and satisfaction across the lifespan 9. Keeping up the good work. Self-managed coaching with PIERA

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Lisa M. Finkelstein is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Northern Illinois University. She is Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

Donald M. Truxillo is Professor at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland and Professor Emeritus at the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at Portland State University. He is Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Franco Fraccaroli is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Trento University, Italy. He is Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the International Association of Applied Psychology. He served as President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.  

Ruth Kanfer is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Work Science Center at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management.


Ageless Talent provides a helpful review of evidence-based strategies to manage workers at any age. What this book offers more than any other I've read – is its action orientation. Finkelstein and her colleagues provide useful tips for what managers can do right now to support workers (e.g., training, work-life balance, teamwork among others). Even as a researcher at the interface between aging and work, I found these tips helpful in managing my team.”—Margaret E. Beier, Rice University, USA

"This timely and accessible volume suggests an innovative approach to managing the changing context of aging and work, and is, importantly, relevant to all ages of workers. Moving beyond generational stereotypes and outdated age-based policies, the authors suggest an evidence-based strategy that has led to successful outcomes for employees, their families, and the organizations they inhabit."Jacquelyn B. James, Boston College, USA

"Grounded in scientific research but also comprehensive and entertaining, this book is a very useful guide for managers, HR professionals, and politicians to address the demographic changes in work organizations. In addition to concrete tools and concepts, the authors also consider aging in light of global changes, such as digitization of work or the COVID-19 pandemic. Highly needed, and fun to read!" —Guido Hertel, University of Münster, Germany

"This book is an excellent example how experts in managing an aging and age-diverse talent pool in organizations should write a practice-focused book. Congratulations, the idea of action items (inspiring the reader to think about things to do right now, next week, and long term), using PIERA (Plan, Implement, Evaluate, Reflect, and Adjust – exercises in all chapters) as well as the many special focus boxes offering illustrating case studies, checklists (e.g. Do’s and Don’ts regarding employee motivation), diagnostic tools and important background information (e.g., how younger supervisors should lead older employees) support this complicated journey. You will get science-based advice without the sometimes rather boring science-speak!"Juergen Wegge, Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Work-, Organization- and Social Psychology, TU Dresden, Germany