Working conditions and the length of working lives

Mikkel Barslund, Andreas Cebulla, J.G. Stauning Prewett

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This chapter focuses on the extent to which improvements in human resource (HR) management policies can play a role in extending working lives.10 HR policies – such as workplace and age management practices – can be valuable tools to discourage older workers from retiring early, and to motivate and incentivise those close to retirement age to stay in work longer (D’Addio et al., 2010; Thorsen et al., 2012). One such mechanism is via increased job satisfaction, which is the main focus of this study. More broadly, we relate working conditions to HR management policies. The central hypothesis is that HR management policies shape working conditions. These then affect employee job satisfaction which, in turn, influences retirement decisions (Figure 8).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicies for an Ageing Workforce
Subtitle of host publicationWork-life balance, working conditions and equal opportunities, Report of a CEPS – NIESR – FACTAGE and Eurofound conference
EditorsMikkel Barslund
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherCentre for European Policy Studies
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6138-753-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Population ageing
  • State pension age
  • Increase in state pension age
  • older workers
  • younger workers
  • older versus younger workers
  • relative productivity of older workers
  • vulnerability of older workers


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