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Boomers with and without chronic conditions have similar needs for workplace supports
IWH study of older workers finds those in good health similar to those with arthritis or diabetes in using—and benefiting from—programs such as flex-time and telework But an older workforce does present other challenges related to health and accommodation issues. Research to date has shown that age-related chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis can create problems for workplaces in the form of increased absenteeism and lost productivity. To understand some of those challenges, a study led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac...
A meta-analysis of the relationships of age and tenure with innovation-related behaviour
One particularly persistent and prevalent negative age stereotype is that older workers are less innovative and more resistant to change. Because older workers are also more likely to have longer organizational tenure, negative age stereotypes contribute to the perception that long-tenured workers are less innovative and more resistant to change, too. Guided by human capital theory, this study argues that the capacity to contribute to innovation-related behaviours (IRB) might actually grow with age and tenure, counteracting the presumed age-related declines in this type of job performance. Using...
Allongement de la vie professionnelle : comment agir ?
Le numéro mai/juin 2011 de la revue Travail & changement est consacré à la gestion des âges. Avec l’âge légal de la retraite repoussé à 62 ans, l’aménagement des conditions de travail et des parcours est devenu nécessaire. Dans cet esprit, les réflexions menées sur la situation des seniors impliquent la prise en compte systématique de tous les âges. Un cheminement qui peut s’opérer en envisageant trois leviers d’action : préserver la santé, développer...

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