What is it about?

People are working well beyond traditional retirement ages, and workplaces are becoming increasingly age-diverse, with people of different ages working together as never before. We review the psychological research on older workers and how these might be applied to develop workplace interventions to support workers of all ages.

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Why is it important?

The workforce in industrialized countries is aging, and 21st century employers are increasingly challenged in terms of supporting an aging and age-diverse workforce. While there is some psychological research on older workers, there is little on actual interventions employers can use to support older worker productivity. Moreover, it is important to society that people who are working into later years remain healthy and happy. Our paper reviews the limited research on age-related workplace interventions to date, and how new interventions can be developed and tested based on the current psychology research.


The aging workforce is one of the most important issues to face 21st century work organizations. There is significant psychological research on a range of older worker issues such as discrimination, job design, and motivation, and how these affect workers' attitudes, performance, and wellbeing. But until recently, little research has examined how workplace interventions can support older workers. This article should help to spur interest in workplace interventions to support workers across the work lifespan.

Professor Donald M. Truxillo
Portland State University

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This page is a summary of: Supporting the Aging Workforce: A Review and Recommendations for Workplace Intervention Research, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, April 2015, Annual Reviews, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-032414-111435.
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