New Zealand has high workforce participation rates for people aged 55+. These rates have grown rapidly, and growth is expected to continue. However, much depends on the extent to which individual employers recognise the implications of workforce ageing and respond with appropriate policies and practices.
Combining work and care in later life
As workforces age, organizations are challenged to provide human resource management policies and practices that are responsive to the needs of older workers. This research examined whether Flexible work arrangements (FWAs) were effective in alleviating three key challenges to work among older workers.
While additional years of life present significant opportunities, the role of good health in achieving this potential is widely recognised. This paper describes data collected from seven longitudinal survey waves conducted over 14 years from 2006-2020 to support our understanding of the capabilities with which people are ageing in Aotearoa.
Perceptions of ageism by older jobseekers and employed adults
Report on perceptions of age discrimination in job search among older job seekers and perceptions of negative age-related stereotypes and discrimination in the workplace. Psychometric properties of the meta stereotype and discrimination indicators used in the research programme are reported.
Early impact of COVID-19 on employment, retirement and wellbeing
A report on preliminary data from our 2020 survey regarding perceived impacts on wellbeing, employment, hardship assistance, and intentions to retire among older workers in Aotearoa New Zealand following the initial COVID-19 pandemic response.
Measurement of work engagement among older workers
This report assessed the structural, convergent and divergent validity of the UWES-9 as a measure of work engagement in the research programme.
Background report: workability in the Asia-Pacific Region: a scoping review of the literature
Countries of Asia-Pacific comprise a diverse set of nations facing distinct social and demographic transformations. Understanding the health-related needs of workers in this region will inform research and policy agendas for the region.
Motivation, opportunities, and uptake of training among older employees
This report presents data on experiences of motivation, opportunities, availability, and uptake of training from 1479 employees aged 55+ who responded to the 2018 New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement survey.