The impact of older employee networks on motivation and commitment
The ageing workforce is an essential topic in the present labor market as it affects many organizations and will continue to do so in the near future. In order for organizations and HR specifically to deal with this trend, they need to focus on older employees. Therefore, this researched looked into two older employee networks to see if such a network could offer older employees some support. This study specifically looked into the impact of older employee networks on the motivation and commitment of ageing respondents as motivation and commitment are important for employees and the organization. In order to do so, 14 semi-structured interviews were conducted with members of two older employee networks. This study found that older employee networks can impact the motivation and commitment of respondents in different ways. It is important to mention that negative age discourses and stereotypes were apparent in the interviews, impacting the motivation and commitment of respondents. Respondents mainly joined the network to overcome negative age discourses and stereotypes and felt they are stronger together. They mostly have a negative association with the older age and therefore do not identify with their own age and prefer to look at the subjective age instead. This research created new insights into older employee networks and further studies about older employee networks could look into this.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen