Abstracts: July 21st, 1998

Divestment or investment?
Lyon P, Hallier J, Glover I
Human Resource Management Journal, (UK), Vol 8 No 1 98
Start page: 56 No of pages: 11

Investigates the apparent contradiction within human resource management by which the idea of long-term investment in the workforce is endorsed while at the same time the loyalty, commitment and skills of older and long-service workers are questioned. Explores how doubts over older workers’ adaptability and flexibility marginalizes them within the workforce, excluding them from opportunities for training, etc., while also placing them in the front-line for redundancies and layoffs. Assesses the indications that older workers are becoming more valued in the workplace but finds this limited to just a few companies. Asks whether the treatment of older workers is an indication of wider movement within human resource management towards the control and commodification of labour in general.

Subject(s): OLDER EMPLOYEES, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, DISCRIMINATION, SKILLS, FLEXIBILITY, REDUNDANCY, UNITED KINGDOM
Database: PTA: Personnel & Training Abstracts
Style: Theoretical with application in practice
Indicators: Research Implication- **, Practice Implication- **, Originality- **, Readability- **, Total Number- ******** Reference: 27AF620

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