Title
The aging workforce: perceptions of career ending
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
,
Subject
Psychology
Source (journal)
Journal of managerial psychology. - Place of publication unknown
Volume/pages
24(2009) :2 , p. 102-117
ISSN
0268-3946
ISI
000264411300006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this study is two-fold. The first is to relate the negative image of older workers to stereotype threat and to propose that effective retention management should start by replacing this negative image. The second is to assess the needs, perceptions and preferences of older workers regarding their career-ending. Design/methodology/approach A total of 266 employer questionnaires and 1,290 older worker questionnaires identified the employers' perceptions of older workers and the career-ending needs and preferences of older workers. Findings The results provide indirect support for the hypothesis that the negative image of older workers forms a self-fulfilling prophecy due to the mechanisms of stereotype threat. Furthermore, the results indicate that job involvement plays a crucial role in the preference for retirement or to keep on working. Research limitations/implications Stereotype threat promises to be very important when it comes to career-ending measures for older workers. However, the empirical design of the study limits the possibility of drawing direct inferences about the effects of stereotype threat on older workers. Practical implications Measures and policies aimed at prolonging the participation of older workers at the labor market should be tailored to the specific needs, perceptions and preferences of older workers. Originality/value The concept of stereotype threat has never been connected with the perceptions of older workers. Further, the assessment of the needs, perceptions and preferences related to the career-ending of older workers has never before been examined in a European study.
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