Work in later life

Who are older workers, and what are their attitudes, motivations, and experiences at work? In 2018 and 2020, the Health, Work, and Retirement study surveyed older adults about their opportunities, challenges, and prospects at work. Click a topic to explore data from over two thousand New Zealanders aged 55+ who were working for an employer.

Poor health is a key driver of early retirement. We asked questions to understand the impact of health on older employees' ability to perform in their job role.

Negative stereotypes and discrimination against older workers may impact not only their opportunities but their sense of value in the workplace.

Flexible Work Arrangements enable employees to influence how, when, and what work is achieved.

Training enables workers to adapt to new challenges and systems, remain engaged in the workplace, advance their skills and reach new career opportunities.

Burnout at work is thought to occur when the effort required to perform a job outweighs the rewards and resources of an individual to meet these demands.

We asked employees about their experiences of job satisfaction, job stress, progress toward their career goals, and the importance of work in their life.

Predictors of job performance and retention, we asked employees about their sense of engagement at work and their emotional commitment to their organisation.

Technical report

Read the technical report on methods and analyses underlying our 2018-2020 snapshot of older workers.