Conceptualizing Age-Friendliness in Workplaces: Proposing a New Multidimensional Model

Raphael Eppler-Hattab, Ilan Meshoulam, Israel Doron

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Abstract

Creating age-friendly workplace environments is considered a central organizational approach for addressing the challenges of supporting an aging and older workforce. However, there are no concrete definitions or theoretical frameworks that explain the full meaning, assumptions, and basic processes of this concept. This article critically reviews the conceptualizations of the age-friendly workplace in the fields of organizational psychology and gerontology, and proposes (a) a new working definition of the concept, and (b) a multidimensional model that consists of a typology of age-friendly dimensions, representing the implications of human resource policies and practices that demonstrate the ways in which organizational climate and organizational culture support aging workers. This framework enables a better understanding of the organizational-occupational realities within an aging and older labor market, and thus serves as an effective foundation upon which future organizational measurements can be constructed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-21
Number of pages10
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Aging workforce
  • Older workers
  • Organizational climate
  • Organizational culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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