Job demands-resources and early retirement intention: Differences between blue-and white-collar workers

B.H.J. Schreurs, N. de Cuyper, H. van Emmerik, G. Notelaers, H. de Witte

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Abstract

This study investigates workers' early retirement intention among blue- and white-collar workers along two processes as described in the Job Demands-Resources model: (1) an energetic process wherein job demands are associated positively with early retirement intention through perceived ill-health, and (2) a motivational process wherein job resources are associated negatively with early retirement intention through work enjoyment. Analyses are based on 1812 Belgian workers aged 45 or older. Results from structural equation modelling provided support for the motivational process, with a stronger relationship between job resources and work enjoyment among blue-(vs white-) collar workers. The energetic process was not supported: the relationship between job demands and early retirement intention was direct and not indirect through perceived ill-health, and this relationship was stronger among white- (vs blue-) collar workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-68
Number of pages22
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • employee health
  • health and safety work
  • human resource management
  • job content
  • BRITISH CIVIL-SERVANTS
  • BURNOUT
  • HEALTH
  • MODEL
  • PREDICTORS
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • DECISION
  • EMPLOYEES
  • AGE
  • BEHAVIOR

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