Work and Family over the Life Course: Do Older Workers Differ?
Job satisfaction, Older workers, Work–family conflict, Work–family fit, Workplace flexibility
This study explored how older workers (age 55+) differed from middle-aged (ages 35–54) and young workers (<35>years) in their experience of the work–family interface. Data came from a subset of a survey conducted by a multi-national corporation in 79 countries (N = 41,813, n = 2,700). Older workers reported significantly less work-to-family and family-to-work conflict and greater work–family fit, life success, and work success than middle-aged and young workers. They reported significantly greater job flexibility and job satisfaction but were significantly less likely to be aware of and use work–family programs than young workers. Older men reported significantly less awareness and use of work-life programs and less family-to-work conflict than older women. Implications of this research are presented.
Original Publication Citation
Hill, E. J., Erickson, J.J., Fellows, K. J., Martinengo, G, & Allen, S. M. (2014). Work and family over the life course: Do older workers differ? Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 35, 1-13. doi 10.1007/s10834-012-9346-8.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hill, E. Jeffrey; Erickson, Janet J.; Fellows, Kaylene Joy; Martinengo, Giuseppe; and Allen, Sarah M., "Work and Family over the Life Course: Do Older Workers Differ?" (2014). All Faculty Publications. 2261.
Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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