Older workers' successful aging and intention to stay

Yue Lok, Francis CHEUNG, Man Sze, Anise WU

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Abstract


Purpose
– Based on organizational support theory, the aim of this paper is to examine the associations among perceived organizational support, successful aging in the workplace, job satisfaction, and the intentions to stay in organization among older workers.

Design/methodology/approach
– In total, 242 employees, aged over 45 years, were recruited to participate in a study from May to September 2009.

Findings
– Correlation showed that perceived organizational support and all five dimensions of successful aging in the workplace, (i.e. adaptability and health, positive relationship, occupational growth, personal security, and continued focus on goals), were significantly related to the intentions to stay in the organization. Structural equation modeling showed that perceived organizational support was positively related to successful aging in the workplace, and the latter is related to the intentions to stay, both directly and via the mediation of job satisfaction.

Research limitations/implications
– All data were self‐reported and collected at one time point. Thus, common method variance may be an issue and causal inferences are not warranted.

Practical implications
– Successful aging in the workplace was significantly related to older workers' intentions to stay. Managers may provide a wide range of organizational support and enhance successful aging in the workplace for older workers.

Originality/value
– This is the first study to empirically test the relations between successful aging in the workplace and intentions to stay among older workers. Implications of these findings, the limitations of the study, and directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-660
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Successful aging in the workplace
  • Intentions to stay
  • Older workers
  • Job satisfaction
  • Individual behaviour
  • Workplace

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