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Promoting worker resilience over the lifecourse


McLoughlin, C and Taylor, P and Bohle, PL, Promoting worker resilience over the lifecourse, Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes, Springer, B Resnick, LP Gwyther and KA Roberto (ed), New York, pp. 121-132. ISBN 978-1-4419-0231-3 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0232-0_8


In Australia, as in most other industrialized economies, there is growing concern about the work capacity of older workers and their retention in the workforce against a background of population aging and efforts to prolong working lives. It is widely recognized that working later will be promoted by equipping industry and workers with instruments that can gauge working potential. Although policy makers in most industrialized nations now consider an extension of working lives as the basis of sustaining welfare systems and offsetting decline in the number of young labor market entrants, globalization and the competition this fosters present as a strong countervailing force for both government and employers. Certain groups, including older workers with few or outdated skills, and those with declining health may be particularly affected by job insecurity and long-term unemployment. Reconciling these seemingly countervailing tensions is a problem now facing a number of industrialized economies. A resilient older worker whose skills and capabilities can easily adjust as the requirements of the market shift would help maintain labor productivity growth even as populations age (Hagemann and Nicoletti 1989).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:work ability, cognitive demand, work demand, meaningful work, emotional demand
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Bohle, PL (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:131465
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2021-07-05

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