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Predictors of the willingness and the ability to continue working until the age of 65 years

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Author: Geuskens, G.A. · Hengel, K.M.O. · Koppes, L.L.J. · Ybema, J.F.
Source:Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 5, 54, 572-578
Identifier: 461073
doi: doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e318248057a
Keywords: Workplace · adolescent · adult · aged · article · attitude · bullying · cohort analysis · emotional stress · employee · female · human · job satisfaction · longitudinal study · major clinical study · male · prediction · salary · social work · willingness · worker · workload · Work and Employment · Healthy Living · Organisation · WH - Work & Health · BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences


OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of the willingness and ability of older workers to continue working until the age of 65. METHODS: In this longitudinal study, 4937 employees aged 45 to 63 years included in the Netherlands Working Conditions Cohort Study were studied. Logistic regression analyses were applied. RESULTS: Employees who experienced emotional exhaustion and bullying or harassment by colleagues/supervisor were less often willing to continue working, whereas employees sometimes using force were more often willing to continue working. Emotional exhaustion, a work handicap, higher physical and emotional demands, lower supervisor's support, and intermediate satisfaction with salary predicted a lower likelihood to be able to continue working. CONCLUSION: Prevention of emotional exhaustion and promotion of a healthy social work climate may support both the willingness and ability to work until the age of 65 years. Copyright © 2012 by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.