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Factors influencing the decision to extend working life or retire

Nilsson, Kerstin and Rignell-Hydbom, Anna and Rylander, Lars (2011). Factors influencing the decision to extend working life or retire. Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health. 2011:37(6), 473-480
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3181

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate factors within nine identified areas that influence why some older workers want to (or believe they can) work until age 65 years or beyond, whereas others leave the workforce earlier.
Methods: The questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study included 1792 respondents aged 55–64 years, employed in the healthcare sector in Sweden. Using logistic regression, we investigated the associations between statements within nine areas and two outcome measures: (i) whether the individual wanted to work until age 65 years or beyond and (ii) whether the individual believed they can work until age 65 years or beyond.
Results: Of the 1792 respondents, 54% stated that they “can” and 38% that they “want to” work until age 65 years or beyond. Three areas were significantly associated with both these outcomes: worker health, economic incentives, and retirement decisions by life partners or close friends. Mental and physical working environment, work pace and skills/competence were associated with the “can” outcome, whereas work as an important part of life, working time, and management attitude to older workers were associated with the “want to” outcome.
Conclusion: Although there were differences regarding the associations between six of the areas and the two outcomes (ie, “can” and “want to” go on working until age 65 years or beyond), three of the areas were important to both outcomes. Among those, it was interesting that life partner or close social environment gave higher odds ratios than for example health, physical work environment, or work satisfaction

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Kerstin and Rignell-Hydbom, Anna and Rylander, Lars
Title:Factors influencing the decision to extend working life or retire
Series/Journal:Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health (0355-3140)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:2011:37(6)
Page range:473-480
Publisher:Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
ISSN:0355-3140
Language:English
Additional Information:Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health ISSN 1795-990X
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Environmental Health and Occupational Health
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Work Sciences
Keywords:employee, motivation, older worker, organization, retirement, work ability, work environment
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-426
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-426
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DOI10.5271/sjweh.3181
ID Code:8729
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Deposited By: PhD Kerstin Nilsson
Deposited On:24 Apr 2012 13:49
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:49

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