Policy Levers May Improve Older Workers' Perceptions of Their Psychosocial Work Environment: Research findings show that workplace policies can play a crucial role in the quality of older worker's health and job longevity

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Schmitz, Lauren, Courtney L. McCluney, Amanda Sonnega, and Margaret Hicken. 2019. "Policy Levers May Improve Older Workers' Perceptions of Their Psychosocial Work Environment: Research findings show that workplace policies can play a crucial role in the quality of older worker's health and job longevity." Generations, 43(3): 78-85.

A supportive psychosocial work environment (PWE) is critical to worker well-being and labor force attachment at older ages. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, linked to workplace ratings from the Occupational Information Network (0NET), this article explores factors associated with workers' perception of their PWE. Deviations in workers' PWE perceptions relative to corresponding 0NET ratings are driven not by worker characteristics, but by workplace practices that better policy could amend. Findings support the important role workplace policies play in promoting health and longer working lives.

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Keywords:
Work Environment Psychosocial Factors United States Employment of Older Workers Psychosocial Factors United States Support Psychosocial United States Organizational Policies United States Occupational Health United States Longevity United States Quality of Working Life

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