Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development seeks to introduce readers to some of the major cultural issues that the current demographic changes of the workforce as the national default retirement age within the UK has moved from 60 to 67 and beyond represent for the workplace. This phenomenon is happening in other economies. It recognises there are social shifts in terms of the psychological contract and expectations of different sets of workers. Rather than seeking to extend ideas around multi-generational research eg millennials and generation X/Y, it provides some contributions and commentary which may inform employers, HR professionals and those interested in Human Resource Development (HRD) when considering how to plan for these challenges. It considers the concerns that HRD thinking has largely been focussed upon the development of leaders or managing people, rather than how such sociological shifts may impact upon the nature of work and subsequent productivity. It recognises that many companies have failed to plan their people management strategies and talent management approaches to cope with this shift largely given their uncertainty how to address.

It takes a set of contributions then, which focus upon different issues broadly based around age, in order to provide illustrations of some of the areas for discourse of the lived experiences of those affected by the probability of working into their late 60s or potentially even late 70s. Much of this is focussed around women’s working lives as the impact of later working represents a number of peculiar issues around the valuing of women’s work and its contributions.

chapter |4 pages


ByDiane Keeble-Ramsay

chapter 1|20 pages

Challenges of Age for Workplace Development

ByDiane Keeble-Ramsay

chapter 2|13 pages

Leadership, Millennials and Ageing

ByKevin Roe

chapter 3|17 pages

Changing the Way We Engage an Ageing Workforce

ByJonathan Smith, Jonathan Martin

chapter 4|23 pages

Menopausal/Post-Menopausal Women and Maternal Career Disruption

ByJulia Claxton, Diane Keeble-Ramsay, Kathleen Ridealgh

chapter 5|14 pages

Not So Many Happy Returns

Older or Later Life Workers Returning to the Workplace in the Post Default Retirement Age
ByBronwyn Betts, Diane Keeble-Ramsay

chapter 7|21 pages

Virginia Woolf and Age-Old Feminism

ByLloyd Gray

chapter 8|21 pages

Ageism and Career Blocking

Toxic Workplaces and Ethical Dilemmas
ByAndrew Armitage

chapter 9|14 pages

Tales From Academia

The MAD Set
ByMichelle Laing, Aileen Lawless, Deborah Humphreys

chapter 10|10 pages

Concluding Thoughts

Propositions and Questions
ByAndrew Armitage