Special Issue "Sustainable Healthy Working Life for All Ages—Work Environment, Age Management and Employability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nilsson
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Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden;Division of Public Health, Kristianstad University, SE-291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden
Interests: sustainable working life for all ages; public health, health promotion and prevention; work environment; work organisations; age management; age discrimination; employability
Dr. Tove Midtsundstad
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Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, 0608 Oslo, Norway
Interests: pension systems and pension policy; retirement behaviour; age and work; age management; health promotion and prevention; lifelong learning
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Prof. Dr. Peter Lundqvist
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Department of People and Society, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Box 88, S, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
Interests: health and safety; social sustainability in agriculture
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Prof. Dr. Joanne Crawford
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School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Interests: occupational health and safety; age and work; ergonomics and work design
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Prof. Nygård Clas-Håkan
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Health Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, PB 100, FI-33014, Finland
Interests: occupational health; aging and work; occupational gerontology; strain at work; work ability and promotion of health and work ability; ergonomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The proportion of elderly citizens is continuously increasing in most of the industrial world [1–3]. The current demographic trend is characterised by increased longevity and lower fertility rates and is leading to an increasingly ageing population. The retirement age in many countries is being postponed in order to adapt economic and budgetary implications to the new demographic distribution. Older people are encouraged to keep working and to participate in the labour force for as long as possible [1–3]. The demographic situation stresses the importance of factors that motivate older employees and self-employed to work and maintain their employability until an older age, as well as the importance of organisations and enterprises to care for their employees’ employability until an older age [4–7].

Against this backdrop, Sustainability is announcing a Special Issue dedicated to the topics of sustainable and healthy working life for all ages—work environment, age management and employability. This Special Issue will provide an outlet for research by researchers who contribute with theoretical and practical knowledge development in these domains.

We are interested in scientific analysis in the form of that generate original and innovative insights related to the issues of sustainable and healthy working life for all ages—work environment, age management and employability. We welcome analysis regarding the nine determinant areas for a healthy and sustainable working life for all ages identified in the swAge-model [4,5], i.e., regarding analysis of work life participation until an older age related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Self-rated health, diagnoses, functional diversity;
  • Physical work environment;
  • Mental work environment;
  • Work schedule, work pace, time for recuperation;
  • Personal finances, work ability, employability;
  • Personal social environment and work life balance;
  • Work social environment, discrimination, leadership and age management;
  • Motivation, stimulation and satisfaction with work tasks;
  • Knowledge, skills, competence.

The “Sustainable Healthy Working Life for All Ages—Work Environment, Age Management and Employability” Special Issue is jointly organized between “Sustainability” and “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” journals. Authors in the Special Issue can submit their papers to “Sustainability” or “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”.

We look forward to your contribution.

References:

  1. Pensions at a glance 2019. OECD and G20 indicators. Paris: OECD Publishing; 2019. doi:10.1787/b6d3dcfc-en.
  2. World report on ageing and health. Geneva: World health organization; 2017. http://www.who.int/ageing/publications/world-report-2015/en/
  3. Health at a glance 2019: OECD indicators. Paris: OECD Publishing; 2019. doi:10.1787/4dd50c09-en.
  4. Nilsson K. Conceptualization of ageing in relation to factors of importance for extending working life – a review. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2016; 44: 490–505.
  5. Nilsson K. A sustainable working life for all ages – The swAge-model. Applied Ergonomics 2020; 103082: 1-27. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687018305313?dgcid=author
  6. Fleuren BP. de Grip A. Jansen NWH. Kant I. Zijlstra FRH. Unshrounding the Sphere from Clouds: Towards a Comprehensive Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Employability. 2020;12:6366. doi:10.33909/su12166366.
  7. Van der Klink JJL. Bültmann U. Burdorf A. Schaufeli WB. Zijlstra FRH. Abma FI. BRouwer S. van der Wilt GJ. Sustainable employability – definition, conceptualization, and implications: A perspective based on the capability approach. Scand J Work Environment Health. 2016;42(1):71-79.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nilsson
Dr. Tove Midtsundstad
Prof. Peter Lundqvist
Prof. Joanne Crawford
Prof. Clas-Håkan Nygård
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • self-rated health, diagnoses, functional diversity
  • physical work environment
  • mental work environment
  • work schedule, work pace, time for recuperation
  • personal finances
  • work ability
  • employability
  • personal social environment and work life balance
  • work social environment, discrimination, leadership and age management
  • motivation, stimulation and satisfaction with work tasks
  • knowledge, skills, competence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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