ERIC Number: ED315671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Business and Older Workers.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This study updates a 1985 study which examined the perceptions, policies, and practices of American business regarding older workers, and placed them in the context of larger economic, demographic, and social trends shaping the business climate. The new survey was conducted in July 1989 among a random sample of 400 companies, with 100 each in 4 size groupings, representing the universe of all companies with 50 or more employees. In each company the person interviewed was the executive with senior responsibility for making human resource decisions. The analysis of changing business attitudes and practices revealed that: (1) positive attitudes toward older workers remained high; (2) obstacles to utilization of older workers included lingering questions about adaptability to new technology and the cost issue, particularly health insurance; (3) companies had made little or no progress in implementing programs to utilize older workers more fully; (4) the largest companies continued to display the least positive attitudes toward older workers; (5) there was an increased role for third party institutions other than the employers and older employees themselves; and (6) the perspective of older workers themselves closely mirrored gatekeepers' attitudes. Background information and highlights are given first, followed by an exposition of detailed research findings, with data displayed in 17 figures. The research suggests that older employees will have a vital role to play in the workplace; the challenge is to enable them to make a contribution. (ABL)
Descriptors: Administration, Attitude Change, Change, Employees, Employer Employee Relationship, Job Training, Older Adults, Older Workers, Perception, Stereotypes
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Fulfillment, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049 (Stock No. D13827, single copy free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
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