Employers' policies for third age employment – the case for action and the rational for reaction

Harris, L., Foster, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-2462-5155 and Sempik, A., 2011. Employers' policies for third age employment – the case for action and the rational for reaction. In: CIPD Centres' Conference 2011, Keele University, Keele, 22-24 June 2011.

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This paper reports on findings from a study which explores employers’ perceptions of the careers of those in third age employment and the extent to which these organisations have in place policies and practices to manage older worker careers. Drawing on interviews with UK HR managers and advisory bodies, the study finds that there was an absence of formal policies which addressed the career needs of older works despite employers being aware of the issue associated with an aging workforce. Instead employers responded to career related requests from older workers on an ad hoc basis as they felt that specific policies for this group of people would potentially create legal issues for the organisation. Employers also believed that the aged workforce had little impact on their business and as a result did not engage in collective dialogue with older workers about their requirements and instead made assumptions about their career needs.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Harris, L., Foster, C. and Sempik, A.
Date: 2011
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:44
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20077

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