The different variables that affect older males’ and females’ intentions to continue working
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This paper examined the impact of certain work-related factors on older workers' intentions to continue paid work and whether the impact of these work-related factors varies between men and women. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey of a sample of employees, aged 50 years and older, working in a large public sector organisation in Australia. Results identified the work-related factors that influence older workers' intentions to continue paid work as 'importance of work', flexibility' and 'interests outside of work', irrespective of gender. Results also indicated that this influence can be substantially enriched when examining the differences between males' and females' intentions. The findings suggest a significant level of differentiation, based on gender, in relation to 'autonomy', 'work environment' and 'interests outside work'. Management will need to consider these important work-related factors in addressing attrition and turnover data and formulating human resource forecasts and specific strategies for retention of older workers.
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
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Human Resources Management