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Werkwaarden van laagopgeleide oudere werknemers [Work values of low-skilled older workers]

Author: Gründemann, R. · Ybema, J.F. · Sanders, J.
Source:Gedrag en Organisatie, 2, 27, 117-138
Identifier: 513435
Keywords: Employability · Job satisfaction · Low-skilled older workers · Retirement · Work values · Work and Employment · Healthy Living · Resilient Organisations · WHC - Work, Health and Care SP - Sustainable Productivity and Employability · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


Recently, the Dutch government raised the retirement age of workers in the Netherlands. In this study we focused on the work values of low-skilled older workers, the extent to which their jobs fulfill these values, and the effect of work values on the willingness of these workers to extend their working life. This study is based on a literature review and a secondary analysis on a large database of persons aged 45 and older (STREAM). The study shows that extrinsic work values are more important for low-skilled older workers, and intrinsic work values more relevant for high-skilled older workers. The most important work values for lowskilled older workers are fulfilled slightly more often than those of high-skilled older workers. The extent to which important work values are fulfilled in the jobs of low-skilled older workers is positively correlated with job satisfaction and with their own assessment of whether or not to continue working for another 12 months. Based on this research, we formulated recommendations for HR practices on the employability of low-skilled older workers.