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Age is more complicated than chronology

by on September 5, 2012

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College in the US has a multi-disciplinary team working to “integrate evidence from research with insights from workplace experiences to inform innovative organizational decision-making”.

Their latest publication, Through a Different Looking Glass: The Prism of Age, is a really interesting analysis of the different ways in which age is conceptualised in organizations, ways which go beyond simply counting the years since our births. A copy of their research brief can be dowloaded from here.

They conclude that “employers need a way to think about the different aspects of the aging experience, so that they can use age diversity in the workplace to the organization’s and its employee’s advantage”.

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  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    Agree. The problem, however, is that not many HR professionals are aware of ‘age’ in any other way than chronologically. They may refer to generational labels and the associated stereotypes featured in ‘Generational Cohort Theory’ at best. Academics and the CIPD should work in partnership to ensure this information starts to permeate into the practitioner’s publications – that may help to ignite some interest.

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