Purpose: Higher pensionable age in many countries that are part of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and a shrinking pension income force older people to postpone their retirement. Yet, age-based discrimination in employers' decisions is a significant barrier to their employment. Hence, this paper aims to explore employers' attitudes regarding the employment of workers aged 60–70, striving for a better understanding of age discrimination. Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 30 managers, experts and employees in retirement age in Israel. Findings: Findings reveal a spectrum of employers' attitudes toward the employment of older workers. The authors' analytical contribution is a conceptual typology based on employers' perceived ability to employ older workers and their stated attitudes toward the employment of older workers. Social implications: The insights that emerge from this research are fundamental for organizational actors' ability to expand the productive, unbiased employment of older workers. Originality/value: By understanding employers' preferences and perspectives and the implications on employers' ability and/or willingness to employ older workers, this research will help policymakers formulate and implement policy innovations that address these biases.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management|
|State||Published - 30 May 2022|
- Age and ageism
- Discrimination of older workers
- Employer perspective
- Thematic analysis