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Are line managers prepared to manage an aging workforce? : Evidence from HR Managers

Wigbels, C. (2015) Are line managers prepared to manage an aging workforce? : Evidence from HR Managers.

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Abstract:The last decade has seen a steady increase in the participation of older employees in the labour market, which may become an issue for line managers in the future. This increase may require line managers, who are directly supervising older employees, to develop special competences to manage an aging workforce in the future. Older employees may also need special practices geared to their needs. This paper aims to find out whether line managers will require distinct competences in the future for the management of older employees. It further investigates which special characteristics older employees hold and whether organizations have suitable practices in place to manage older employees. This paper draws from several semi-structured and structured expert interviews with HR Managers from different industries that have been conducted. After coding and analysing the interviews, it has been found that HR Managers think, line managers will not require competences specifically for managing older employees in the future. Further it has been found that no practices geared specially to older employees are in place yet. Correspondingly this research shows that some further developments might be necessary in the future. A main limitations is the subjective nature of semi-structured interviews. Further the amount of interviews could have been higher, also including interviews with line managers to increase generalizability. This study closes with suggestions for further research, by advising ogranizations to implement practices geared to older workers in the future and train line managers to handle the increasingly older workforce.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67283
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