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Healthy Ageing Colloquium Series - Dorien Kooij, Motivating aging workers: the role of future time perspective, HR practices, and job crafting

Wanneer:vr 25-04-2014 15:00 - 16:00
Waar:0061 Munting building – Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, Groningen

HEALTHY AGEING Colloquium Series

LECTURER: dr. T.A.M. (Dorien) Kooij, (Tilburg University)

TITLE: Motivating aging workers: the role of future time perspective, HR practices, and job crafting

DATE & TIME: Friday, 25 April 2014, 15.00 - 16.00 hrs

LOCATION: 0061 Munting building – Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, Groningen


Since workforces are aging worldwide, it is important for organizations to know how they can motivate their aging workers. In this presentation, I would like to give an overview of my research on motivating aging workers. First, although work motives have been found to change with age, aging is more than simply an increase in calendar age. Therefore, I expected and found that the relation between age and work motives is mediated by age-related factors, such as future time perspective (FTP). As the importance of FTP is also emphasized in other studies on aging at work, I am currently conducting a meta-analysis on FTP and its nomological network.

Second, since motives change with age, the influence of HR practices might also change with age. Although studies that focus on HR practices for older workers suggest many HR practices as beneficial for older workers, much of this literature is atheoretical. Therefore, I have structured these HR practices by categorizing them into theoretically meaningful HR bundles and examined how the influence of these bundles on worker attitudes changed with age.

Finally, I just started a new line of research on job crafting behavior of aging workers. Job crafting refers to the self-initiated changes individuals make in the task or relational boundaries of their work aimed at improving person-job fit. I will examine how older workers job craft, whether the organization can stimulate job crafting behavior with HR practices, and whether job crafting leads to positive worker outcomes, such as employability and engagement.

For more information you may contact dr. Susanne Scheibe,