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Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce

A Use-Inspired Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa M. Finkelstein, Donald M. Truxillo, Franco Fraccaroli, Ruth Kanfer

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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.

Reviews

"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Lisa M. Finkelstein is Professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University, USA.

Donald M. Truxillo is Professor of Psychology at Portland State University, USA.

Franco Fraccaroli is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at University of Trento, Italy.

Ruth Kanfer is Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

About the Series

SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series

The Series of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Launched in 1983 to make scientific contributions to the field, this series has attempted to publish books on cutting edge theory and research derived from practice in industrial and organizational psychology and related organizational science disciplines.

The goal of the series is to inform and stimulate research for SIOP members (students, practitioners and researchers) and people in related disciplines, including other subdisciplines of psychology, organizational behavior, human resource management, and labor and industrial relations.

To propose a title, please contact Christina Chronister (christina.chronister@taylorandfrancis.com).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY021000
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSY043000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging