Organisational Measures and Strategies for a Healthy and Sustainable Extended Working Life and Employability-A Deductive Content Analysis with Data Including Employees, First Line Managers, Trade Union Representatives and HR-Practitioners

Kerstin Nilsson, Emma Nilsson

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Abstract

Due to the global demographic change many more people will need to work until an older age, and organisations and enterprises need to implement measures to facilitate an extended working life. The aim of this study was to investigate organisational measures and suggestions to promote and make improvements for a healthy and sustainable working life for all ages in an extended working life. This is a qualitative study, and the data were collected through both focus group interviews and individual interviews that included 145 participants. The study identified several suggestions for measures and actions to increase employability in the themes: to promote a good physical and mental work environment; to promote personal financial and social security; to promote relations, social inclusion and social support in the work situation; and to promote creativity, knowledge development and intrinsic work motivation, i.e., based on the spheres of determination in the theoretical swAge-model (sustainable working life for all ages). Based on the study results a tool for dialogue and discussion on employee work situation and career development was developed, and presented in this article. Regular conversations, communication and close dialogue are needed and are a prerequisite for good working conditions and a sustainable working environment, as well as to be able to manage employees and develop the organisation further. The identified measures need to be revisited regularly throughout the employees' entire working life to enable a healthy and sustainable working life for all ages.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5626
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Occupational Health and Environmental Health (30303)
  • Work Sciences (50903)

Keywords

  • age management
  • ageing
  • competence
  • creativity
  • demography
  • discrimination
  • economy
  • employability
  • empowerment
  • extended working life
  • gerontology
  • global sustainable goal
  • health prevention
  • health promotion
  • job satisfaction
  • Humans
  • Occupations
  • Workplace
  • Labor Unions
  • Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Health Status

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