Context Matters: Insights About Older Workers from the National Study of the Changing Workforce

BCFWI-InsightsThis report is the first research brief discussing findings from the 2002 National Study of the Changing Workforce on the work experiences of men and women 50 years and older. The study found that the employment situation of older workers—small business owners, self-employed workers, and wage and salary employees—significantly affects whether a worker remains or leaves the workforce. The findings of the study imply that in order for employers to recruit and retain older employees they should consider creating work environments that have parallels with self-employment and business ownership situations. This can be achieved through flexible work options, job autonomy, and learning opportunities.

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