Dealing with economic and demographic challenges: workplace innovation practices as a timely and effective response to older workers' needs

Gkiontsi, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8831-7608 and Karanika-Murray, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4141-3747, 2016. Dealing with economic and demographic challenges: workplace innovation practices as a timely and effective response to older workers' needs. European Journal of Workplace Innovation, 2 (1), pp. 25-42. ISSN 2387-4570

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Abstract

There is substantial evidence that workplace practices can support employee health and well-being. In the present paper we focus on and explore the role of workplace innovation (WI) practices for older workers’ health and well-being. We start by arguing for a more comprehensive and less fragmented approach to workplace practices and for practices that can create the conditions to support both quality of working life and organisational performance. We then suggest that WI practices offer such an approach and present evidence that links the effects of four types of WI practices (work organisation, structure and systems, learning and reflection, and workplace partnership) to a range of health and well-being outcomes (health, well-being, work engagement, performance, and decisions to delay retirement). Even though no direct empirical evidence currently exists that links WI practices to the health and well-being of older workers, the available research gives rise to a number of propositions for research and practice. These propositions can contribute to the development of a fruitful line of research on the impact of WI on older workers’ health and well-being.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Workplace Innovation
Creators: Gkiontsi, D. and Karanika-Murray, M.
Publisher: University of Agder, Norway
Date: 1 June 2016
Volume: 2
Number: 1
ISSN: 2387-4570
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Nov 2016 16:57
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 09:33
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29135

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