COVID-19 and the Demographic Distribution of Health and Economic Risks The health impacts of COVID-19 have been modest in Australia compared to elsewhere. But as restrictions ease and the economy reopens, the risks of infection, morbidity, and job loss will require caution. Live data suggests that unemployment impacts may be considerable. Such risks [...]
We asked 1583 mature workers (45+yrs) about their COVID-19 work experiences. Our preliminary findings suggest that: Unemployed workers felt they had the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19; and Employed workers have higher self rated health than retired and unemployed workers. Conversely, better health was significantly associated with Work [...]
Attitudes towards Australia’s baby boomers and intergenerational equity Kate O’Loughlin, Rafat Hussain, Hal Kendig (October 2020) Attitudes towards Australia’s baby boomers and intergenerational equity. The Sociological Review DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026120963367 Abstract Australia’s Intergenerational Reports (2010, 2015) make a case for restraining public expenditure on an ageing population given the sizeable post-WWII [...]
The Cessation of Rising Employment Rates at Older Ages in Australia, 2000-2019 McDonald P and Moyle H (2020). The Cessation of Rising Employment Rates at Older Ages in Australia, 2000-2019. Australian Population Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.37970/aps.v4i1.61 Abstract Background In the first decade of the 21st century, employment at older ages surged in Australia, benefitting the [...]
Age-based worker stereotypes and expected work performance Gretchen A. Petery, Serena Wee, Patrick D. Dunlop and Sharon K. Parker (2020). Older workers and poor performance: Examining the association of age stereotypes with expected work performance quality. International Journal of Selection and Assessment 2020; 00:1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsa.12309 Abstract We investigated how age-based [...]
The Corona Virus pandemic has changed the way we work on a global scale. The Mature Workers During COVID-19 Survey asked 1583 mature Australian workers how their work has changed as a result of COVID-19. Overall: 20% more respondents are working from home, compared to pre-COVID times [...]
We recently surveyed 1581 mature workers (45+yrs) about their COVID-19 work experiences: it's heartening to find that 91% felt that their work during the pandemic is contributing to society in a meaningful way.
Download the Report Maximising Potential: Findings from the Mature Workers in Organisations Survey (MWOS) Authors: Daniela Andrei, Sharon Parker, Andreea Constantin, Marian Baird, Lucinda Iles, Gretchen Petery, Leah Zoszak, Alison Williams, Shannon Chen Our research finds that mature workers across Australia feel excluded in today’s workforce and [...]
Include, Individualize, and Integrate: Organizational Meta-strategies for Mature Workers Sharon K Parker, Daniela M Andrei Work, Aging and Retirement, waz009, https://doi.org/10.1093/workar/waz009 Published: 2 September 2019 Abstract In this commentary, we synthesize the literature on mature workers in organizations to support the development of an intervention-focused research program. We identify 3 broad approaches, or [...]
Legal Protections for Mature Workers Outlining the legal framework to protect mature workers Older Australians are a vital part of the workforce and economy. Almost 20% of Australian workers are over the age of 55 and as the population ages, this proportion will continue to rise. Mature [...]
The fiscal challenges of population ageing can be tackled in a number of ways.