The prevalence and distribution of aging-friendly human resource practices

Dikla Segel-Karpas, Peter A. Bamberger, Samuel B. Bacharach

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The aging of the workforce in the developed world has prompted organizations to implement human resource (HR) policies and practices encouraging older workers to defer retirement. However, little is known about the prevalence of such practices, and the organizational factors associated with their adoption. In this study, we used data collected from 2008 to 2009 from a national probability sample of retirement eligible workers in the United States (N = 407) to assess the prevalence of aging-friendly human resource practices (AFHRP), and their organizational predictors. Results indicate that employee wellness programs, unpaid leave, and reassignment based on physical needs are among the most prevalent AFHRP. However, in the vast majority of enterprises, AFHRP are limited. Results also indicate that projected organizational growth and a focus on internal labor market practices are positively associated with the adoption of AFHRP. Organizational size and the degree of unionization, while positively associated with aging-friendly benefits, were inversely associated with flexibility practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-148
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 2015

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  • HR policies and practices
  • Older workers
  • Retirement
  • Retirement deference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Aging


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