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An Introduction to Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce: A Use-Inspired Approach

ByLisa M. Finkelstein, Donald M. Truxillo, Franco Fraccaroli, Ruth Kanfer

This volume addresses what is arguably one of the industrialized world’s most pressing challenges at the start of the 21st century; namely, how best to promote employability and well-being in an increasingly older work - force and age-diverse workplace. In North America, Asia, and Europe, aging populations, reductions in birth rates, and new patterns of late life workforce participation have already begun to influence societal norms, public policy, and organizational practices. Organizational and work scholars have also begun to devote systematic attention to the issues associated with these population trends, as evidenced by the growing number of special journal issues and books devoted to effectively managing an aging workforce. In this edited volume, we seek to provide readers with an overview of the substantial progress on this topic and the insights of researchers pursuing these issues pertaining to what needs to be done in the future.