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Older Workers in an Ageing Society

Critical Topics in Research and Policy Edited by Philip Taylor, Federation University Australia
Prolonging working lives is high on the agenda of policy makers in most of the world’s major industrialized nations. This book explains how they are keen to tackle issues associated with the ageing of populations, namely the funding of pension systems and predictions concerning a dwindling labour supply. Yet the recent history of older workers has primarily been one of premature exit from the labour force in the form of redundancy or early retirement. Add to this a previously plentiful supply of younger labour and it is clear that much of industry will be unprepared for the challenges of ageing workforces.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78254 009 0
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Ageing
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Labour Policy
This insightful study provides an overview of the changing employment context in industrialized nations, the risks associated with population ageing and how these are being tackled.

Prolonging working lives is high on the agenda of policy makers in most of the world’s major industrialized nations. This book explains how they are keen to tackle issues associated with the ageing of populations, namely the funding of pension systems and predictions concerning a dwindling labour supply. Yet the recent history of older workers has primarily been one of premature exit from the labour force in the form of redundancy or early retirement. Add to this a previously plentiful supply of younger labour and it is clear that much of industry will be unprepared for the challenges of ageing workforces.

Older Workers in an Ageing Society includes up-to-date knowledge on issues of workforce ageing and provides useful commentary on policy responses and will appeal to scholars and public policy-makers.
‘This book provides a valuable insight into the many facets of issues facing older workers, managers and governments in the context of an ageing society. The many challenges for these three key stakeholders are clearly established within the 18 chapters.’
– Work, Employment and Society
Contributors: D.M. Atwater, E. Besen, E. Brooke, V. Büsch, N. Charness, A. Chiva, J. Edlund, P. Ester, G. Evers, F. Go, J. Ilmarinen, S. Little, V.W. Marshall, C. Matz-Costa, C. McLoughlin, G. Naegele, M. Oka, M. Pitt-Catsouphes, S.E. Rix, D.M. Spokus, M. Stattin, H.L. Sterns, P. Taylor, A.L. Wells
Contents:

1. Introduction: Older Workers in an Ageing Society
Philip Taylor

PART I: PUBLIC POLICY FOR AN AGEING WORKFORCE
2. Public Policy for an Ageing Workforce: How Does the US Compare?
Sara E. Rix

3. Older Workers and Older Worker Policies in Germany
Gerd Naegele

4. Older Workers in Japan: The Present Situation and the Future Challenges
Masato Oka

5. Age and Work in Different Labour Market Contexts
Jonas Edlund and Mikael Stattin

PART II: INVESTING IN AGEING HUMAN CAPITAL
6. Lifelong Learning and the World of Work
Harvey L. Sterns and Diane M. Spokus

7. Job Security in an Insecure World: Adaptations of Older Workers in the IT Industry
Neil Charness

8. The Ageing Workforce, Human Capital and the Bermuda Triangle: An Interdependent Analysis
Gerard Evers and Peter Ester

PART III: REDESIGNING WORKPLACES FOR AN AGEING SOCIETY
9. Redesign of Workplaces for an Ageing Society
Juhani Ilmarinen

10. Restyling Human Resources Management of Older Information Technology Workers in an Environment of Daunting Risk
Elizabeth Brooke

11. Managing to Work Longer
Anthony Chiva

12. Rethinking Recruitment Processes in an Ageing Society
Victoria Büsch

PART IV: GENERATIONS AT THE WORKPLACE
13. Generational Relations and the Workplace: A Critique of the Concept
Victor W. Marshall and Amber L. Wells

14. Linking Age to the Quality of Employees’ Work Experiences
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Christina Matz-Costa and Elyssa Besen

PART V: MANAGING LABOUR SUPPLY IN AN AGEING SOCIETY
15. Working Longer in a Changing Economy: Will Ageing Populations Mean Ageing Workforces?
Philip Taylor and Christopher McLoughlin

16. Managing Older Workers in an Ageing Society
Donald M. Atwater

17. Older Workers in a Global Economy: Life Cycle Migration and Knowledge Transfer
Stephen Little and Frank Go

18. Review: Agendas in Researching Ageing and Work
Philip Taylor

Index