Abstracts: July 6th, 2000

Stein D, Rocco T S, Goldenetz K AHuman Resource Development Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1.Start page: 61. No of pages: 20

Summarizes the popular conceptions of the older worker held by human resource professionals and the bias that exists against employing them. Presents a study of a US university to understand the career patterns of the older employees there, focusing on employees over the age of 55 (the age when eligibility for retirement begins). Uses structured interviews with 12 respondents (six men and six women aged between 55 and 68 and working in academic, administrative and classified civil service positions). Places the study into the context of the overall patterns of employment within the university, 12% of employees being aged over 55, which is similar to national US employment trends. Reports that none of the respondents felt discriminated against because of age, setting out their attitudes to remaining at work, retirement and the option of returning to work after retirement. Concludes that the experiences show that age is rewarded among the academic staff but devalued among the administrative and civil service classifications.

Subject(s): OLDER EMPLOYEES, RETIREMENT, RETENTION, UNIVERSITIES, USA, MANAGEMENT ATTITUDES, EMPLOYEE ATTITUDES. ISSN: 1044-8004. Reference: 29AL339

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