Older workers: Do they want to continue working?

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Title Older workers: Do they want to continue working?
Author Shacklock, Kate Herring
Publication Title Abstracts and Proceedings of ERA 2005: The 4th National Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing
Editor Mair Underwood and Kate Suridge
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Australiasian centre on Ageing
Abstract As part of the solution to the predicted future labour shortage, Australia will need older workers to fill its worker ranks, and as part of increasing their labour force participation, extended working lives is a popular option. Governments are encouraging older workers to extend their working lives. However, little research has been published about whether older workers want to continue working. This paper adds a new dimension to the public debate about Australia's ageing workforce by exploring the meaning of working to individual older workers. This paper reports the findings from phenomenological research to understand the meaning of working to older Australian workers, and draws from twenty-four in-depth exploratory interviews. Participants were 50 years of age or older, from one tertiary sector organisation, and selected using both purposeful sampling and the snowballing technique. Thematic analysis was chosen to analyse the data and a software program used to assist in the data coding. Key findings suggest that despite the Government's attempts to encourage older workers to continue working, the majority of those over the age of 50 want to retire early. Irrespective of employment category, the older workers did not want to continue working beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 years. Several factors are identified as influences on older workers' working intentions, including some gendered influences. Australian organisations cannot afford to lose valued employees to early retirement, yet this trend appears likely to continue unless addressed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 1864998377
Conference name 4th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference
Location Brisbane
Date From 2005-11-08
Date To 2005-11-08
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2882
Date Accessioned 2005-12-19
Date Available 2007-03-21T21:21:26Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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