Human resource management and the ability, motivation and opportunity to continue working: A review of quantitative studies

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Abstract

Organisations are challenged to retain older workers, however knowledge on how this should be done is scattered. The aim of this paper is to integrate knowledge on the actions organisations can take to facilitate the extension of working lives by identifying and examining the effectiveness of Human Resource Management activities directed at the extension of working lives. To this end a systematic review was conducted, which identified 110 peer-reviewed and unpublished empirical articles concerning the influence of job demands, job resources and Human Resource practices on the ability, motivation and opportunity to work(ing). The results indicate that offering job resources has a positive effect on the ability, motivation and opportunity to continue working. Furthermore, work ability was found to be most negatively related with job demands whereas employability was most positively related with developmental practices. The paper concludes by suggesting directions for future research and practical implications to encourage evidence-based practice.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 9 Jul 2018

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Human resource management
Job demands
Job resources
Human resource practices
Peers
Systematic review
Evidence-based practice
Older workers
Management activities
Employability

Keywords

  • HRM
  • Work ability
  • Employability
  • Motivation
  • age discrimination

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