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Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce examines the shifting economic, cultural, and technological trends in the modern workplace that are taking place as a result of the aging global workforce. Taking an international perspective, contributors address workforce aging issues around the world, allowing for productive cross-cultural comparisons. Chapters adopt a use-inspired approach, with contributors proposing solutions to real problems faced by organizations, including global teamwork, unemployed youth, job obsolescence and over-qualification, heavy emotional labor and physically demanding jobs, and cross-age perceptions and communication. Additional commentaries from sociologists, gerontologists, economists, and scholars of labor and government round out the volume and demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of this important topic.
"This latest addition to the Frontier Series is an important step forward in consolidating what we know about an increasingly age-diverse workplace, and offering guidance about what we need to do to develop applicable, effective organizational strategies and interventions. Finkelstein, Truxillo, Fraccaroli, and Kanfer offer a volume rich in detail, and comprehensive in scope – and one that cuts through much of the generational stereotyping prevalent in the popular press." - Jerry W. Hedge, RTI International, USA
"This innovative, interdisciplinary volume brings together the top scholars in the field to tackle one of the world’s most pressing challenges, issues associated with an aging and age-diverse workforce. Taking a global perspective, the volume informs our basic understanding of the issues while also highlighting how that information can best be used. The vision of the editors has resulted in a masterful volume that will be an outstanding resource to researchers and managers in organizations charged with managing a diverse workforce." - Tammy Allen, University of South Florida, USA
"This Frontiers volume brings together a highly regarded cast of authors who do an excellent job of representing both international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the implications of an aging and increasingly age-diverse workforce. I was impressed by the use-inspired approach that the editors adopted in this volume. It has produced an interesting and complementary collection of forward-looking chapters that offer real food for thought to both researchers and practitioners as they consider how to move forward in understanding and addressing these issues." - Janet L. Barnes-Farrell, University of Connecticut, USA
Part I: Overview
1. An Introduction to Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce: A Use-Inspired ApproachLisa M. Finkelstein, Donald M. Truxillo, Franco Fraccaroli, and Ruth Kanfer
Part II: Science Confronts the Global Challenges
Issue One: Organizations and Teams Go Global
2. Age Diversity and Global Teamwork: A Future Agenda for Researchers and PractitionersFlorian Kunze and Stephan A. Boehm
3. Human Resource Management and Sustainability at Work across the Life-span: An Integrative PerspectiveAnnet H. De Lange, Dorien T. A. M. Kooij, and Beatrice I. J. M. Van der Heijden
Issue Two: Patterns of Employment and Unemployment
4. The Challenge of Building Human Capital and Benefiting from It: A Person-centric View of Youth Unemployment and UnderemploymentJosé M. Peiró, Ana Hernández, and José Ramos
5. The Aging Workforce and the Demands of Work in the 21st CenturyMargaret E. Beier
6. Work Ability and AgingJuhani Ilmarinen and Ville Ilmarinen
Issue Three: Challenges Facing Specific Workforce Sectors
7. The Implications of Changes in Job Demands for the Continued and Future Employment of Older WorkersSara J. Czaja, Joesph Sharit, Neil Charness, and Andrew A. Schmidt
8. Aging and Emotional Labor ProcessesJames Diefendorff, Jennifer Tehan Stanley, and Allison S. Gabriel
Issue Four: Practical Workplace Changes and Challenges
9. Workplace Intervention Effectiveness Across the LifespanKeith L. Zabel and Boris B. Baltes
10. To Stay or to Leave: Motivations and Decisions of Bridge Employment on RetirementYujie Zhan and Mo Wang
Issue Five: Age Differences and Discrimination
11. Intergenerational Perceptions and Conflicts in Multi-Age and Multigenerational Work EnvironmentsCort W. Rudolph and Hannes Zacher
12. A Comparison of EEO Law on Workforce Aging across English Speaking CountriesArthur Gutman and Eric Dunleavy
Part III: Multidisciplinary Viewpoints
13. How Individuals Navigate Social Mobility: Managing Capacities and Opportunities in Careers across AdulthoodJutta Heckhausen and Jacob Shane
14. Labor Force Transitions in Late Life: Between Agency and StructureKène Henkens
15. Optimizing Older WorkforcesLaura L. Carstensen, Michaela E. Beals, and Martha Deevy
Part IV: Editor Viewpoints
16. Employment Transitions in Later AdulthoodRuth Kanfer
17. An Aging Workforce: The Contribution of Work, Industrial, and Organizational PsychologyFranco Fraccaroli
18. Developing "Best Practices" for Organizations: A Gap in the Current Aging ResearchDonald M. Truxillo
19. Now That We Know What…How?Lisa Finkelstein
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