Understanding Older Canadian Workers’ Perspectives on Aging in the Context of Communication and Knowledge Transfer

Background The Canadian population is aging, as is the Canadian workforce, resulting in an increase in different generations working with one another. The current study aims at understanding, from the older worker’s point of view, generational perceptions in the workplace, and further how such perceptions are linked with communication patterns as well as knowledge transfer. Analysis This study collected 167 responses from a survey of older workers. The questionnaire addressed variables under study such as intergenerational perceptions, and workplace communication and collaboration patterns. Conclusion and implications Results suggest that older workers perceived that their younger peers view them positively. Furthermore, older workers rely on accommodative communication patterns and favor knowledge transfer when interacting with younger colleagues

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Location: Canada

Groups: Older Workers
Keywords: AccommodativeCollaboration PatternsCommunicationCommunicationGenerational PerceptionsKnowledge TransferOlder WorkersPopulation aging