Assessing HR Strategies for retaining an ageing workforce

Price, Robin and Colley, Linda (2007). Assessing HR Strategies for retaining an ageing workforce. In: J. Druker IERA2007: International Employment Relations Association 15th Annual Conference, Canterbury, England, (). 9 -13 July 2007.

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Author Price, Robin
Colley, Linda
Title of paper Assessing HR Strategies for retaining an ageing workforce
Conference name IERA2007: International Employment Relations Association 15th Annual Conference
Conference location Canterbury, England
Conference dates 9 -13 July 2007
Convener International Employment Relations Association (IERA)
Place of Publication Lane Cove, NSW, Australia
Publisher International Relations Employment Relations Association
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor J. Druker
Total pages 18
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary An ageing workforce is an issue faced by governments and employers in most western countries (OECD 2005). The generally accepted definition of an aged worker is someone aged 45 years and over (Brooke 2003). At the level of the organisation, a range of HR strategies are recommended to deal with an ageing workforce, including attracting younger workers and retaining ageing workers for longer. Recruiting younger workers changes the demographic structure of the workforce, and is not the focus of this paper. Here we identify potential strategies derived from the literature that could be adopted to retain an existing ageing workforce. We then examine a public sector organisation with an ageing workforce, to assess which strategies have been adopted and to begin to assess how effective these strategies are. We find that the case study organisation adopts many of the HR strategies suggested in the literature, but our preliminary findings suggest that these policies are unlikely to have a positive effect on the retention of ageing workers unless the employees are actively encouraged to use the policies.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference Theme: Working Lives, Working Choices

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