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dc.contributor.authorBillett, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorDymock, Darrylen_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Greeren_US
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Gregen_US
dc.contributor.editorRob Poelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:12:19Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:12:19Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2013-06-26T02:46:20Z
dc.identifier.issn13678868en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13678868.2011.601571en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/42287
dc.description.abstractMany countries are becoming increasingly reliant upon an aging workforce. Yet, much literature positions older workers as 'last resort' employees, held in low esteem by employers whose preference for youth extends into decision-making about workplace engagement and support. As part of a broader study on maintaining the competence of older workers, we investigated the extent to which a group of employees in Australia aged 45 or more perceived they were discriminated against because of their age, including access to training, promotion opportunities and job security. Against expectations arising from the literature, informants reported little in the way of explicit age-related bias in their employment, opportunities for advancement and further development. Although the informants have particular characteristics and featured paraprofessional and professional workers, the contrast is noteworthy between what is reported in the literature and often premised on surveys, and our data was based on interviews. The findings indicate a need to be wary of making easy generalizations about the extent to which older workers per se are discriminated against in the workplace, while at the same time acknowledging that such discrimination exists, and perhaps for particular kinds of workers. In addition, we found a range of nuanced responses that suggest there are tensions between discriminations policies and practice that are a challenge for human resource development professionals.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.format.extent116109 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom375en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto389en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHuman Resource Development Internationalen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume14en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTechnical, Further and Workplace Educationen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode130108en_US
dc.titleLast resort employees: older workers' perceptions of workplace discriminationen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Education and Professional Studiesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Human Resource Development International, Volume 14, Issue 4, 2011, Pages 375-389. Human Resource Development International is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.en_US
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