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|Title:||Older workers' motivation: against the myth of general decline|
|Author(s):||Christian Stamov-Roßnagel, (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany), Guido Hertel, (Psychological Institute III, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany)|
|Citation:||Christian Stamov-Roßnagel, Guido Hertel, (2010) "Older workers' motivation: against the myth of general decline", Management Decision, Vol. 48 Iss: 6, pp.894 - 906|
|Keywords:||Human resource management, Older workers|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00251741011053451 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish a theory-based and empirically grounded platform to assess age-related changes in work motivation, and to derive motivational interventions in personnel management.
Design/methodology/approach – The general approach is one of conceptual transfer: to cast work psychological phenomena in lifespan psychological terms to generate the tenets.
Findings – Rather than declining uniformly, older workers' motivation develops in a multidirectional, multilevel way. Motivation decline in certain types of work tasks goes with stable motivation and even motivation gains in other tasks as a function of a variety of task characteristics. These age-related changes may be captured in a worker's motivation profile, which is functional for positive affect regulation.
Practical implications – The conceptualisation suggests a more differentiated approach to job design and human resource management, considering age-related changes at multiple levels simultaneously instead of focusing on major age effects only.
Originality/value – The conceptual clarity of work motivation research is enhanced by distinguishing global and task-specific levels of motivation that may dissociate in older workers. By transferring up-to-date findings and concepts from Lifespan Psychology to Organisational Psychology, further research is stipulated in both fields.
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