Working Longer

New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Employees

 Working Longer

Authors: William J. Rothwell, Harvey Sterns, Diane Spokus, Joel Reaser
Pub Date: June 2008
Print Edition: $29.95
Print ISBN: 9780814473924
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814400821

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Table of Contents


Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxiii

Advance Organizer for This Book xxv

Part I Introduction 1

Chapter 1

Older Adult Workers in Today’s Work World 3

Defining Adult and Older Adult Workers 6

Self-Management 9

Organizational Issues 13

Working Longer 15

Changes in the Work Environment 16

Challenges to Be Faced 18

Work in the Same Organization or Move? 21

Careers in Later Life 23

Support from Employers 29

Decision Making and Work Opportunities 32

Midlife Changes 33

Summary 35

Chapter 2

Adapting the Workplace to Accommodate Physiological Age-Related Changes in Older Adults 36

Aging: A Global View 40

Biological Aging 40

Psychological Aging 50

Social Aging 52

Older Adults Continuing to Work 53

Designing the Workplace for Older Americans 54

Stereotypes About Aging 56

The Americans With Disabilities Act 57

Minorities in the Workplace 63

Work Issues 66

Active Older Workers 66

Adapting the Workplace for Older Adults 67

Summary 68

Chapter 3

How to Train Older Adults: Aging Influences on Cognitive Tasks 69

Translating What We Know into Adult and Older Worker Training 72

Summary 80

Part II Design 83

Chapter 4

Instructional Design for Training Older Workers 85

ADDIE Model 85

Individual Differences 98

Training 99

The Value of Training Older Workers 101

How Older Adults Learn Best 104

Guidelines for Training Older Adults 105

Transferring Training Results 105

Training Modalities 106

Older Adults as Learners 107

Diversity Training 109

Summary 110

Chapter 5

Improving Learning Performance 112

Workplace Learning Competence and Its Importance 112

Workplace Learning Competence and Workplace Learning Climate 113

Learner Characteristics of Older Versus Younger Adults 116

Implications of Learning Principles for Training Older Adults 117

Summary 126

Chapter 6

Career Development for Adults and Older Workers 127

Self-Management: Career and Retirement 127

Obstacles to Self-Management 144

Models of Career Development 146

Looking to the Future 151

Recommendations 155

Future Directions 157

Summary 158

Part III Managing Organizational Knowledge 167

Chapter 7

What Employers Can Do to Plan for an Aging Workforce 169

The Evolving Workplace 169

Getting Ahead of the Trends 172

Action Steps for Preparing for the Workforce of the Future 197

Summary 200

Appendix: Resources List 201

Notes 214

About the Authors 234

Index 239

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