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What determines the willingness of older Polish employees to learn?

Karolina Pawłowska-Cyprysiak (Department of Ergonomics, Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland)
Katarzyna Hildt-Ciupińska (Department of Ergonomics, Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 20 April 2022

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The issue of educational activity of elderly people is very important. It is an area not only closely related to the productivity of the employees in the company and their retention but also to the broadly understood quality of life of the elderly. The purpose of this study was to develop a model of conditions for the willingness to learn in the case of older employees.

Design/methodology/approach

The study group consisted of employees aged 50+, the so-called older employees. The selection of the group was intentional. The questionnaires were completed by employees of companies that agreed to participate in the survey.

Findings

To identify the direct predictors of the willingness to participate in training, a logistic regression analysis was carried out. The model allows to explain 19.1% of the variance of the dependent variable. Higher age value reduces the chance that a person will want to participate in training, while higher number of employees in the company, the need to learn new things at work, greater emotional demands and a greater sense of effectiveness increase these chances.

Originality/value

Research on training and the willingness to learn is more often carried out among younger employees than the group of employees 50+. Defining what influences the willingness to learn among this group allows to design activities aimed on development and satisfying needs of older employees in this area.

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Acknowledgements

This paper has been based on the results of a research task carried out within the scope of the fourth stage of the National Programme “Improvement of safety and working conditions” partly supported in 2017–2019 – within the scope of research and development – by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy. The Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute is the Programme’s main co-ordinator.

Citation

Pawłowska-Cyprysiak, K. and Hildt-Ciupińska, K. (2022), "What determines the willingness of older Polish employees to learn?", Working with Older People, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 275-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-11-2021-0060

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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