As the country’s workforce ages, the changing labor market must address unique challenges as well as surprising opportunities. This book presents leading scholars and researchers providing valuable insights into the challenges facing older workers in the contemporary workplace as well as offering perspectives on the demands presently being placed on employers to adapt to and accommodate the needs of these workers. The book focuses on the analysis of current trends in older workers, work, family, and personal life issues, and ways to transform today’s workplace to value older workers.
This book offers practitioners the opportunity to fully grasp the current situation for older workers by presenting the latest research. This helpful resource provides professionals with best practices and innovative approaches to support aging employees. The volume is extensively referenced and contains several tables to clearly present data. It is a valuable text for employers, human resources professionals, employee assistance programs, work/family professionals, gerontologists and aging studies professionals, educators, and students.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.
Table of Contents
1. Foreword: America’s Aging Workforce: A Critical Business Issue Judith G. Gonyea 2. Retirees Who Returned to Work: Human and Social Capital Implications for Organizations Donald L. Venneberg and Vida D. Wilkinson 3. Modeling Individuals’ Post-Retirement Behaviors Toward Their Former Organization Tracy L. Madvig and Kenneth S. Shultz 4. Powerful Tools for Caregivers Online: An Innovative Approach to Support Employees Daniel Kuhn, Linda Hollinger-Smith, Judith Presser, Jan Civian and Nicole Batsch 5. Will the Types of Jobs Being Created Enable Older Workers to Keep Working? Geri Adler and Don Hilber 6. Retirement Transitions Among Married Couples Angela L. Curl and Aloen L. Townsend 7. Strategic Human Resource Management and the Older Worker Jerry W. Hedge 8. Working in Old Age: Benefits of Participation in the Senior Community Service Employment Program Ronald H. Aday and Gayle Kehoe 9. Making Sense of a Mess: Phased Retirement Policies and Practices in the United States Erin L. Kelly, Eric C. Dahlin, Donna Spencer and Phyllis Moen 10. Interests and Concerns of Older Workers: New Challenges for the Workplace Diana Stork 11. An Ergonomic Approach to the Aging Workforce Utilizing This Valuable Resource to Best Advantage by Integrating Ergonomics, Health Promotion and Employee Assistance Programs Robert W. Boyce
Judith G. Gonyea is Professor and Chair of the Research Department at the Boston University School of Social Work. She is the American editor of the international journal Community, Work & Family and currently serves on the editorial boards of Public Policy and Aging Report, Research on Aging, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.