Workplace flexibility across the lifespan

Bal, P. Matthijs and Jansen, Paul G. W. (2016) Workplace flexibility across the lifespan. In: Research in personnel and human resources management. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 34 (34). Emerald Insight, pp. 43-99. ISBN 9781786352644, 9781786352637

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As demographic changes impact the workplace, governments, organizations and workers are looking for ways to sustain optimal working lives at higher ages. Workplace flexibility has been introduced as a potential way workers can have more satisfying working lives until their retirement ages. This paper presents a critical review of the literature on workplace flexibility across the lifespan. It discusses how flexibility has been conceptualized across different disciplines, and postulates a definition that captures the joint roles of employer and employee in negotiating workplace flexibility that contributes to both employee and organization benefits. Moreover, it reviews how flexibility has been theorized and investigated in relation to older workers. The paper ends with a future research agenda for advancing understanding of how workplace flexibility may enhance working experiences of older workers, and in particular focuses on the critical investigation of uses of flexibility in relation to older workers.

Keywords:Workplace flexibility, older workers, Lifespan psychology, critical perspective, bmjtype
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:24 Oct 2016 15:26

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