The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Wellbeing is a comprehensive and cutting-edge work providing the latest insights into a range of perspectives on organizational wellbeing, as well as highlighting global wellbeing issues and exploring new contexts. Topics covered include: digital working and social media, LGBTQIA+ identifications and work, suicide at work, refugee workers, and mental health. A multi- and inter-disciplinary work, this handbook embraces ideas and empirical work from a range of fields including psychology, business and management, economics, and science. This handbook draws together current knowledge whilst also outlining emerging issues and directions, making this an invaluable resource for students and researchers spanning a wide array of disciplines. Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives; Part 2: International Issues and Contexts; Part 3: Developing Organizational Wellbeing; and Part 4: Emerging Issues and Directions.

Chapter 4: Wellbeing and Age in Organizational Life

Wellbeing and Age in Organizational Life

Wellbeing and age in organizational life
Hannes Zacher

Introduction

The goal of this chapter is to review and discuss theory, empirical research, and organizational practice with regard to relationships between individuals’ chronological age and different dimensions of occupational wellbeing from a lifespan developmental perspective. In addition, various person-related and contextual mechanisms and boundary conditions of these associations will be elaborated. Consistent with the definition proposed by the World Health Organization (1948), wellbeing encompasses physical, mental, and social dimensions and describes not simply the absence of physical illness. Accordingly, this chapter addresses how different indicators of objective and subjective physical health and wellbeing as well as psychological wellbeing relate to age in the work context and organizational ...

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