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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (9): 1643-1655.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01643

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Job crafting in late career stage and successful aging at work

WANG Zhongjun1(), ZHANG Liyao1, YANG Yinyin1, WANG Renhua1, PENG Yisheng2   

  1. 1 School of Psychology, Central China Normal University; Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Ministry of Education; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, Wuhan 430079, China
    2 Department of Psychology, Hofstra University, New York 11549, USA
  • Received:2018-07-13 Online:2019-09-15 Published:2019-07-24
  • Contact: Zhongjun WANG


As the world’s population is increasingly aging, the proportion of older workers in the labor force continues to increase. The successful aging at work adopts a positive perspective to understand the aging process at work. It points out that older employees not only can adapt well to the changes of themselves and work, but also can continuously contributes to the organization, which can help ease the challenges posed by the aging workforce and the shortage of young labor force. Job crafting involves proactive behaviors at work. By interacting with individual and environmental factors, it can effectively help older employees secure sustainable person-environment fit, manage resources effectively, and adapt to aging and work-related changes. Job crafting can lead to many positive work outcomes in the late career stage, and thus ultimately help older workers age successfully at work. It is recommended that future research should pay attention to the conceptualization and measurement of successful aging at work and job crafting, based on which researchers could further investigate the effect of job crafting on employees’ successful aging at work and the underlying mechanisms. Intervention studies on job crafting and successful aging at work are also recommended.

Key words: older employees, successful aging at work, job crafting, aging

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