Write 14 pages thesis on the topic work and changing ages. The psychological changes in older working individuals have both positive and negative effects (Lazurus & DeLongis, 1983). Aging employees demonstrate good working culture to younger employees and are generally on good terms with most employees, thus improving workplace relations and culture. However, their jobs are not very beneficial for most aging employees which may have reduced productivity (MetLife Mature Market Institute, 2006).
New technology has been associated with a lot of changes in ways of doing things. New technology has brought radical changes in workplaces. According to studies, the older generation of workers feels left out in most instances due to these changes brought by new technology (Baltes &Willis, 1977).
This study involved an interview with an older adult of Polish origin, below sixty-five years of age, and working as a teacher. Carefully formulated questions were asked, and the participant answered them in a one on one interview. The questions mainly focused on the participant’s work-life and their career path. The interview questions sought to find out the different phases the participant had gone through during her work-life and how they were able to cope with the changes. A few questions focused on the participant’s personal life, but these were aimed at determining whether there have been any effects of the aging changes to her work-life. These personal questions would also be used later to determine their social relationships and give a better understanding of the participant. To create a proper environment for the interview and not to raise any anxiety in the participant, the interview was recorded. The recordings were later transcribed, and the scripts were used for analysis.
From the beginning of the interview, the participant wishes to be retired and not in the labor force currently. They categorically stated that they are still working because they have no alternative but to work. The participant says:
Yes, I do because without work you can’t have anything. You have to pay the bills. Even if you don’t want to, you have to work, that’s how life is.