Managing the ageing workforce: 'Getting On'

John Hicks, Parikshit Basu, Richard Sappey

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter


This chapter outlines the main aspects of age diversity in Australia, including legislation, generational change, problems associated with multigenerational workforces and how these are being addressed in some organisations. Differences and similarities between generations, real and perceived, have emerged as challenges for management, and human resource management (HRM) in particular, leading to attempts to design policies and practices which 'mix' generations via integration or separation within employment. It is argued that attempts to improve performance through cooperation, including between generations, are weakened by the inability of management ideas and practices in different industry and organisational contexts to develop inclusive generational policies, a situation which is likely to be exacerbated during recessionary times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Diversity in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
Place of PublicationNSW, Australia
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Education
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780070146273
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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