Using work values to predict post-retirement work intentions

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Work values might be proximal predictors of individuals' late-career intentions because they serve as guiding principles for the selection, evaluation, and justification of vocational behavior. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between work values and post-retirement work intentions. The authors investigated individual work values within the structure of 4 higher order values elaborated on by Schwartz et al. (). Relationships between work values and 4 types of post-retirement work intentions were examined. Data from 1,071 employees of a German logistics company were used to test the hypotheses. The results of a structural equation model indicated that work values were differentially related to the 4 types of post-retirement work intentions. The identified work value–work type combinations add to the literature on post-retirement work. Practice implications for promoting positive individual and organizational outcomes are drawn from the results.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Career Development Quarterly
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)98-113
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2016

    Research areas

  • Business psychology - post-retirement work, protean career theory, voluntary activity, work intentions, work values