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Approaching retirement in the elderly care sector: A qualitative study of older workers’ perceptions of work and late career planning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8213-1391
2019 (English)In: Abstract Book of the 19th European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress: Working for the greater good - Inspiring people, designing jobs and leading organizations for a more inclusive society, 2019, p. 1531-1531Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study aimed at investigating how older nursing assistants working in elderly care experienced aging at work and perceived their psychosocial work environment, as well as exploring the role of work- and organizational factors in their retirement preferences.

Design/Methodology/Approach/Intervention: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight nursing assistants (age 55–61 years), and working in residential care. Data were analyzed using the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach.

Results: The analysis identified four super-ordinate themes: 1) meaning of work; 2) psychosocial work environment; 3) experience of aging; 4) retirement decision-making. Work was experienced as demanding, characterized by high workload, time pressure, and low control. Furthermore, participants perceived few possibilities for job crafting and were concerned about being unable to manage their workload once they got older. A main driver for working after retirement was the possibility to work on one’s own terms and to reduce current job demands.

Limitations: While the small and homogeneous sample limits generalization, it allows for a detailed investigation of the subjective experiences of this group of older workers. Yet, studies in different occupational groups and organizations are needed.

Research/Practical Implications: Findings highlight the importance of healthy psychosocial work environments and organizational practices that promote sustainable work and successful aging in the workplace.

Originality/Value: Due to an accelerated demographic aging, it is important to increase the knowledge of how nursing assistants approaching retirement in the elderly care perceive opportunities and constraints to them prolonging their working life. Furthermore, qualitative studies, particularly among blue-collar occupations, remain few.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 1531-1531
Keywords [en]
retirement, perceptions of work, late career planning
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174709DiVA, id: diva2:1359231
Conference
19th European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress, Turin, Italy, May 29-June 1, 2019
Available from: 2019-10-08 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved

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