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Cognitive and emotional characteristics of older employees
The aging population, those individuals older than age 65 years, is resulting in an increase in the proportion of the older individuals in the workforce, that is those employees of 55 years and older. As a result the workforce is becoming more gray leading to an increased awareness that with an aging workforce there is an increase of age-related cognitive and emotional problems. Age-related changes in the population also contribute to presence and increase of stereotypes of older workforce. Such stereotypes are expressed as intolerance, discriminatory behavior, and age-specific expectations. These behaviors can be found at the different levels ranging from the workplace, to company, and to societal level. In this presentation we will address age-related cognitive declines and age-related changes in emotional responsiveness and motivation. We will address associations between these changes and positive and negative stereotypes and ageism. In addition, we will also address the role of negative stereotypes in the relationship between an older employee and employer/company, in work competence, and in engagement in search for new employment. And certainly we will address the available and effective strategies in combating negative stereotypes. Better understanding of sensitivity and motivation of an aging workforce will contribute to better management, controlling of stereotypes and will also contribute to longer, more satisfactory, and successful employment.