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The Importance and Value of Older Employees

Wise Workers in the Workplace

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Discusses new ways of gaining positive benefits from ageing and a more experienced workforce

  • Explores active ageing as a potential benefit both for individuals and their workplaces

  • Examines the way in which senior employees actually use their knowledge and experience in their work and unique advantages their age provides

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Competence and Knowledge at Work

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 9-20Open Access
  4. What Do We Know About the Knowledge of Older Workers?

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 21-35Open Access
  5. Research Design

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 37-47Open Access
  6. Over 50s at Work: Findings from Case Studies

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 49-68Open Access
  7. Discussion/What Do These Findings Tell Us

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 69-81Open Access
  8. The Wise Worker

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 83-92Open Access
  9. Conclusions

    • Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
    Pages 93-98Open Access

About this book

This open access book makes a contribution to our understanding of one of the social challenges facing many western nations i.e. the challenge of an ageing population. It specifically addresses the issue of competence among older employees. Others have studied ageing populations in terms of the economic burden or the pressure on healthcare services and generally view the rising numbers of seniors more as a challenge than an opportunity. In this book, authors discuss ways of gaining positive benefits from our ageing and more experienced work force.

Keywords

  • older employees
  • active ageing
  • lifelong learning
  • competence
  • ageing workers
  • late careers
  • Open Access

Reviews

“This book reports on original research and provides a positive consideration of the contribution of older workers. The existing literature tends to focus on the barriers, discrimination and problems, which older workers face so this is a useful corrective to that. The book will be of interest to both practitioners and researchers in the field.” (Sarah Vickerstaff, Professor of Work and Employment, Research and Innovation Application Mentor, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent)

“The proportion of older people at work is increasing for many reasons and we need to ensure that the resources they offer are well-used. This highly readable book makes clear how older workers add wisdom to competence. The lively interviews at the heart of the book reveal the generous relational work that is such wisdom. Older workers share their knowledge, create safe environments and build bridges, all in the interests of their organisation. They are also keen to learn. We too can learn from this book how we can value these wise workers.” (Anne Edwards, Professor of Education, University of Oxford)

“I really hope this book will help to rethink both competence and skills development among older workers.” (Roger Moen, Head of R&D, Centre for Senior Policy, Norway)

“Anne Inga Hilsen brought an infectious youthful enthusiasm to her research on older workers, which was founded on her extensive experience of Action Research. This highly readable book with Dorothy Olsen opens up discussion of this important field. With a starting point in the distinctive context of Norway, the authors explore differences in international policy contexts and theoretical perspectives. It should be essential reading for all who are concerned with knowledge, working life and HR.” (Richard Ennals, Emeritus Professor, Kingston University, UK. Adjunct Professor, University of Agder and NTNU, Norway)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, Norway

    Anne Inga Hilsen

  • Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway

    Dorothy Sutherland Olsen

About the authors

Anne Inga Hilsen is a researcher at Fafo Institute of Labour and Social Research. She is also Associate Professor at the Department of Health and Social Work, University of South-Eastern Norway.

Dorothy Sutherland Olsen is a senior researcher at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Importance and Value of Older Employees

  • Book Subtitle: Wise Workers in the Workplace

  • Authors: Anne Inga Hilsen, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-2861-0

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2860-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2863-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-2861-0

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 98

  • Topics: Sociology of Work, Lifelong Learning, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Adult Education

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)