Dare to care: Intergenerational challenges, resources and work success
Due to population ageing, Australian workers and organisations will face two significant intergenerational challenges over the next decades. First, the number of people aged 85 years and above—those most likely to need care by others—will more than quadruple until 2050. Second, there will be a growing need for mature age workers to provide support and guidance to younger workers to secure future economic growth. In addition to dealing with these intergenerational demands, mature age workers themselves have to maintain high levels of work engagement to remain in the workforce as long as possible. How can psychological research contribute to the successful management of these intergenerational challenges?
Hannes Zacher presents two field studies on the intergenerational challenges of providing eldercare and mentoring and their effects on mature age workers’ success at work. The studies also examined which individual resources can help mature age workers maintain high levels of work success while dealing with different intergenerational demands. Findings have practical implications for workers and organisations in times of demographic change.