Oh won't you stay just a little bit longer

changing employers' view of older workers

Hélène Mountford

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The effects of the 2009 economic downturn in Australia, followed by a comparatively rapid recovery, have seen a surprising growth in the number of older workers in employment. If this increase in older workers is the harbinger of permanent change in the labour market, it can only come about if employers modify their traditionally negative attitude towards mature employees. In the first comprehensive overview of the literature and case studies, this paper explores employers' attitudes towards older workers and finds that most of the stereotypical myths are readily overcome in the current labour market. If a labour shortage drives employers to offer more flexible working conditions as first seen in the Global Financial Crisis, they will be taken up by the largest working cohort—the baby boomers—and the problem could be largely averted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-190
Number of pages27
JournalAustralian bulletin of labour
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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