Workforce Planning with an Aging Workforce

Martin M. Greller

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Workforce Planning with an Aging Workforce

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An aging workforce is a circumstance that would have been expected to produce a strategic response from employers, yet there is little evidence of it occurring. While the human resources field has argued for a more strategic role, what that role is when it comes to an aging workforce is not clear. Among the challenges to more fully engaging a strategic role is the limited evidence supporting the effectiveness of existing models of human resource practice in relation to overall business strategy. Given uncertainties with regard to older workers’ career behavior, the impact of that behavior on employers, and the efficacy of the proposed responses, it may be difficult for an organization to frame a strategic course of action to the aging workforce. However, even outside the strategic process, human resources has a vital role to play, both creating the capabilities to deal with a changing workforce and evaluating the workforce trends and new human resources technologies as they emerge to address it.

Keywords: older workers; workforce planning; human resource strategy; strategic planning; human resource management

Article.  11337 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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