Type of Content: Research

Subtype: Journal Article

Resource Title: Explaining Age Differences in the Motivating Potential of Intergenerational Contact at Work

Publication Title: Work, Aging and Retirement, 7(3): 197–213

Publish Date: April 2, 2021

Understanding the effects of intergenerational contact at work is important given aging and increasingly age-diverse workforces. The aim of this research was to better understand who derives motivational benefits from intergenerational contact, and the processes by which this occurs. To do so, we adopted a motivational lens grounded in need-based theories of work motivation and lifespan development theory. We argue that the motivating effect of intergenerational contact on work engagement via sense of belonging is more pronounced for older compared with younger employees due to changes in goal priorities across the lifespan. Specifically, we posit the generativity motive and perceived remaining time at work as lifespan-related mechanisms that explain the moderating effects of age on the links between intergenerational contact and work engagement.

Explaining Age Differences in the Motivating Potential of Intergenerational Contact at Work

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