Our Workforce is Aging! The Case of Managerial Employees

Project: Research

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The workforce is aging rapidly, especially when a large proportion of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are entering middle and old age. This gives rise to a pressing need to investigate the work motives and adjustment of older employees, as well as ways to maintain a high level of job performance. This study will adopt a lifespan developmental approach to understand motivations and organizational behaviors of older managerial employees. Study 1 seeks to shed light on work motives and regulatory strategies across adulthood and to test whether these age-related changes are adaptive to older employees. Study 2 is an experience sampling study in which managers' immediate regulatory responses toward the actual work situation will be recorder in the handheld computer. Findings of this project will help organizations to identify the types of work motives and regulatory behaviors that contribute positively to work performance of older employees.


Project number7002408
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/094/04/11