Janet Barnes-Farrell, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Director of the doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology and Director of the Industrial Psychology Applications Center at the University of Connecticut. She serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals (Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Managerial Psychology) and is an Associate Editor for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She is also President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. Her primary fields of expertise include aging and work, performance appraisal, and work-life balance. Dr. Barnes-Farrell has been conducting research on issues related to our aging workforce for over two decades. Her research on workforce aging issues has appeared in several edited volumes and professional journals, on topics ranging from age discrimination to retirement decision processes. Her current research centers on psychosocial aspects of work and aging and on the process and consequences of work-life balance for workers and organizations, with special emphasis on the work-life concerns of older workers.
Challenges and Opportunities of Changing Technology for our Aging Workforce
How can organizations leverage new technologies to optimize and maintain the work effectiveness and well-being of our aging workforce? In this session, I will discuss technological innovations that offer opportunities for adults to extend their working lives in non-traditional ways. I will also highlight key challenges that must be addressed to take advantage of these opportunities.
1. Describe at least three ways that available technologies can be used to prolong the effective working lives of older workers.
2. Summarize what is known about age differences in attitudes toward adoption of new technologies.
3. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of remote work as a strategy for extending the working lives of older employees.