Maintaining a focus on opportunities at work: The interplay between age, job complexity, and the use of selection, optimization, and compensation strategies

Zacher, Hannes and Frese, Michael (2011) Maintaining a focus on opportunities at work: The interplay between age, job complexity, and the use of selection, optimization, and compensation strategies. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32 2: 291-318. doi:10.1002/job.683

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Author Zacher, Hannes
Frese, Michael
Title Maintaining a focus on opportunities at work: The interplay between age, job complexity, and the use of selection, optimization, and compensation strategies
Journal name Journal of Organizational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-3796
1099-1379
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/job.683
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 291
End page 318
Total pages 28
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The concept of focus on opportunities describes how many new goals, options, and possibilities employees believe to have in their personal future at work. This study investigated the specific and shared effects of age, job complexity, and the use of successful aging strategies called selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) in predicting focus on opportunities. Results of data collected from 133 employees of one company (mean age = 38 years, SD = 13, range 16–65 years) showed that age was negatively, and job complexity and use of SOC strategies were positively related to focus on opportunities. In addition, older employees in high-complexity jobs and older employees in low-complexity jobs with high use of SOC strategies were better able to maintain a focus on opportunities than older employees in low-complexity jobs with low use of SOC strategies.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 4 January, 2011. Special Issue: "Contemporary empirical advancements in the study of aging in the workplace".

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