13 June 2017

The paper of Jukka Vuori, Kaisa Törnroos and Marjo WallinEnhancing late-career management and engagement in work organizations – A randomized controlled trial among older employees, has won the Best Intervention Competition of Work, Stress and Health 2017 conference.

The conference organized by APA (American Psychological Association), NIOSH (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and SOHP (the Society for Occupational Health Psychology) attracted around 500 participants.

According to APA, the purpose of the Best Intervention Competition is to recognize outstanding evaluations of interventions in which researchers partner with industry and labor to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses and promote workplace safety and health.

The awarded research work is about the efficacy of a work organization group intervention in strengthening older employees’ late-career management preparedness.

The method, recently published in Finnish under the title Työn imua seniorivaiheeseen, will be available in English at a later date.

Research on intervention efficacy shows promising results

A randomly assigned field experimental study (RCT) on the effects of the Engagement for
Seniority Years at Work Program was carried out in 17 organizations in the private and in public
sectors. The 699 participating employees had a mean age of 58. The group activities lasted for 16 hours and comprised topics such as seniority skills, promoting work ability and confidence in employability.

The results at six-month follow-up showed that the intervention had significantly decreased perceived age discrimination and increased work engagement and future time perspective at work.

The intervention reduced perceived age discrimination the most among employees with lower-level education and those with younger supervisor.

The results of SEM analyses demonstrated that increased preparedness for late-career management reduced perceived age discrimination in the long-term follow-up, which in turn strengthened work engagement among senior employees, and further enhanced their future time perspective at work.

The study demonstrated how preparedness for late-career management can be strengthened using resource-based peer group techniques in work organizations, and how this can lead to better career and health outcomes in the long term.

The final report of the research project >> (in Finnish at Julkari.fi)

The 12th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, “Work, Stress and Health 2017: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities,” was held in Minneapolis, US, June 7-10. http://www.apa.org/wsh/
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