FR-P02-108 - Aging workforce and sustainability: a qualitative study with kindergarten teachers over 60

Track:
The aging workforce and retirement
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
Friday May 19   02:00 PM to 05:30 PM (3 hours 30 minutes)
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
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Labor market issues
The aging workforce and retirement
FR-P02-108
Aging workforce and sustainability: a qualitative study with kindergarten teachers over 60
M. Martini 1,*, S. Viotti 1, D. Converso 1
1Psychology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
 
Content: Aim of this work is to explore older professionals’ perception of sustainability of work, in the specific sector of kindergarten services.
55 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with kindergarten teachers (all women, between 60 and 65 years old) in an Italian city. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed according the Glaser and Strauss’s (1967) Grounded Theory approach as developed by King (2004).
Teachers expresses difficulties and worries about staying longer at work because of their physical, cognitive and emotional labor. This effort is relieved by positive relationship with colleagues, by their long experience and, first of all, by the stimulating relationship with children, but several of them underline that the age gap with children is really too large. 4 main groups emerged: “quite good” (those who feel they can still stay at work), “in balance, precariously” (those who can resist but they are quite worried), “with difficulties” (those who express physical and emotional fatigue about work), “they can’t do it” (for them staying longer at work is not sustainable).
The study involved teachers from an only city in Italy, but it offers a deep understanding of perception of ageing at work for a group of professional involved in a very meaningful work. It focused on sustainability of work for aging professionals, a mistreated topic in Italy and partly in international literature. The in-depth analysis of the topic by interviews allowed us then to identify clearly the difficulties and to hypothesize realistic solutions to be implemented.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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