ERIC Number: ED459361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Older Worker. Myths and Realities.
Stein, David; Rocco, Tonette S.
Although workplaces are searching for ways to increase productivity, older workers asking for increased career development opportunities are neglected by most workplaces. Age alone may not be a defining characteristic of an older worker. Perhaps becoming an older worker is more situational than chronological. Retirement for future older workers is becoming an outdated notion. It may become a self-imposed status determined by the worker rather than an institutional norm. Rather than declining in productivity, older workers are becoming viewed as an asset that should not be neglected by organizations or by society. The trend is toward providing increasing career development opportunities for older workers. The continued skill development of older workers can provide workplaces with a pool of experienced, motivated, and engaged employees in an era in which older adults will comprise a greater proportion of the population. Helping older adults to consider second or even third careers, adjust to new technologies, and modify workplace ecology can become the new realities of the workplace. (Contains 39 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age Differences, Age Discrimination, Aging (Individuals), Career Change, Career Development, Career Education, Employer Attitudes, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Older Workers, Organizational Climate, Productivity, Reentry Workers, Retirement, Retraining, Staff Development
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.