2004
Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235

Abstract

Effects of demotion on health and job satisfaction among older employees in health care and social services

Effects of demotion on health and job satisfaction among older employees in health care and social services

Edith J.C. Josten & René Schalk, Gedrag & Organisatie, Volume 18, February 2005, nr. 1, pp. 21-31

Demotion is sometimes recommended as an instrument for increasing older workers' labor force participation. By demoting older workers with health or performance problems to a lower-level job, they are supposed to continue working longer than they would have, had they remained in the same job. A longitudinal questionnaire study among workers in health care and social services shows that older employees who had been demoted, indeed did have more health problems prior to the demotion than older employees who had not changed jobs. The demotion, however, did not reduce these problems, whereas satisfaction with job content decreased. Possible explanations for these findings are that the lower-level jobs are less interesting; that employees experience a loss of status; and that communication with and support of the employees during the job change process have been inadequate.

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