Managing older worker exit and re-entry practices: A `revolving door'?

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Title Managing older worker exit and re-entry practices: A `revolving door'?
Author Shacklock, Kate Herring; Fulop, Liz; Hort, Linda
Journal Name Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Editor Dr Tim Bartram
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Sage Journals
Abstract This paper reports findings from an Australian study about the post-employment experiences of older persons who had left the full-time workforce (either voluntarily or involuntarily). It examines their perceptions about seeking re-employment in terms of their desires to remain in or return to work, and what employment conditions might entice them to remain in or return to work, including how organisations might help or hinder such re-entry to the workforce. A qualitative approach using exploratory semi-structured interviews was chosen to explore this relatively under-researched area. Participants from a mix of employment histories, industries, occupational categories and ages (but all over 45 years of age) formed the sample. A key finding of the study was the lack of planning on the part of employers to consider these older workers as a potential future pool of employees. The study points to some important lessons for the management of older workers to meet the predicted looming labour shortage in Australia.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 45
Issue Number 2
Page from 151
Page to 167
ISSN 1038-4111
Date Accessioned 2007-11-19
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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