Article in International Research Journal

Dr. Franz Josef Gellert and Prof. Dr. Hugo Velthuijsen of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen are no strangers to the iAge project. As participating partners in iAge for the Hanze University their expertise is of great value to the partnership. An article by both on gradual retirement schemes, social inclusion and employability of people over 50 was recently published in the 'Research Chronicler' - Vol. II, Issue IV (May 2014). You can read an abstract here and the full article is now available as pdf on (page 21).

Gradual Retirement Schemes and Older Workers Social Inclusion and Employability in The Netherlands


The number of employees above 50 is increasing in organizations because of demographic changes. People above 50 feel less involved in work and societal activities as they should be and as they are expected to be. Older workers' employment is accompanied by stereotyping that workers are less productive and less capable than younger workers. The current research is about older workers' wishes, desires and wants to further develop gradual retirement schemes as scenarios for both employers' and employees' mutual benefit. Furthermore, the perception of ICT tools supportiveness is researched for older workers' sustainable employability. The study is conducted in the northern part of the Netherlands and data were collected by questionnaires and interviews.
Data were analysed with the statistical tool SPSS and with Excel for the search of patterns.
Results suggest that workers between 50 and 65 like to retire gradually by applied flexible working schemes, reducing the workload and reducing the weekly hours. ICT tools are considered as helpful tools as long as they do not affect workers' health. Training is required as well as constantly being updated in the ICT arena. Respondents also indicated that they want to work after retirement either voluntarily or on a small-scale salary to cover their basic costs.

Key Words:
flexible work schedule, gradual retirement, health, ICT support, social media.

Laatst bijgewerkt op 19 May 2014.