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Workplace Flexibility across the Lifespan

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-1-78635-264-4, eISBN: 978-1-78635-263-7

Publication date: 30 June 2016


As demographic changes impact the workplace, governments, organizations, and workers are looking for ways to sustain optimal working lives at higher ages. Workplace flexibility has been introduced as a potential way workers can have more satisfying working lives until their retirement ages. This chapter presents a critical review of the literature on workplace flexibility across the lifespan. It discusses how flexibility has been conceptualized across different disciplines, and postulates a definition that captures the joint roles of employer and employee in negotiating workplace flexibility that contributes to both employee and organization benefits. Moreover, it reviews how flexibility has been theorized and investigated in relation to older workers. The chapter ends with a future research agenda for advancing understanding of how workplace flexibility may enhance working experiences of older workers, and in particular focuses on the critical investigation of uses of flexibility in relation to older workers.



Bal, P.M. and Jansen, P.G.W. (2016), "Workplace Flexibility across the Lifespan", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 43-99.



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