Job Design and Redesign for Older Workers

Joseph Sharit and Sara J. Czaja

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

 Job Design and Redesign for Older Workers

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There have been many changes in work, including the rapid infusion of technology into work processes, a reduced emphasis on effortful manual labor, an increased emphasis on the service sector, changes in systems of work organization, and the proliferation of alternative work arrangements, as well as new perspectives on aging processes. These changes argue for a reappraisal of issues related to job design for older workers. In this chapter, in addition to a focus on topics detailing how to ensure that the demands of the job are commensurate with the cognitive, sensory, and motor capabilities of older workers and their health conditions, a broader perspective to instituting job design strategies is presented. In this regard, topics on training older adults, job motivation and its relationship to job design, as well as the emergence of mentoring roles for older workers and the prospects for older workers collaborating on teams are also discussed.

Keywords: older workers; job design; cognitive abilities; ergonomic interventions; health conditions; training; job motivation; telework; mentoring; teamwork

Article.  23093 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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