Predictors of the willingness and the ability to continue working until the age of 65 years

J Occup Environ Med. 2012 May;54(5):572-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318248057a.


Objective: To identify predictors of the willingness and ability of older workers to continue working until the age of 65.

Methods: In this longitudinal study, 4937 employees aged 45 to 63 years included in the Netherlands Working Conditions Cohort Study were studied. Logistic regression analyses were applied.

Results: Employees who experienced emotional exhaustion and bullying or harassment by colleagues/supervisor were less often willing to continue working, whereas employees sometimes using force were more often willing to continue working. Emotional exhaustion, a work handicap, higher physical and emotional demands, lower supervisor's support, and intermediate satisfaction with salary predicted a lower likelihood to be able to continue working.

Conclusion: Prevention of emotional exhaustion and promotion of a healthy social work climate may support both the willingness and ability to work until the age of 65 years.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Bullying / psychology
  • Employment / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Netherlands
  • Physical Fitness / psychology
  • Retirement / psychology*
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Work / psychology*