This project aims to track the trajectories of older workers’ psychological contracts that shape their give-and-take
with the organisation. Little is understood about how these psychological contracts change as older workers
continue to pursue work through their fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth decades of life. This project tracks older
workers over intensive, repeated in-depth interviews and a large-scale longitudinal panel study. The outcomes fill
significant gaps in our understanding of older workers’ needs and orientation toward work, and identify the age-related
changes and organisational practices that spur older workers to sustain a strong trajectory of productive
participation in the workforce.