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By Christopher M. Schlick, Ekkehart Frieling, Jürgen Wegge (auth.), Christopher Marc Schlick, Ekkehart Frieling, Jürgen Wegge (eds.)

The disproportionate getting older of the inhabitants of operating age in lots of countries all over the world is a special incidence within the background of humankind. within the mild of demographic switch, it really is turning into more and more vital to improve and use the potential for older staff.

This edited quantity Age-differentiated paintings Systems offers a last file on a six-year precedence software funded by way of the German learn starting place (DFG) and provides chosen examine findings of 17 interdisciplinary venture groups. the assumption is that it'll serve either as a reference e-book and review of the present nation of analysis in ergonomics, occupational psychology and comparable disciplines. It offers new versions, equipment, and tactics for reading and designing age-differentiated paintings platforms with the purpose of assisting material specialists from various components of their judgements on exertions and employment regulations. for this reason over forty laboratory experiments concerning 2,000 members and 50 box stories related to over 25,000 staff have been conducted.

Further ambitions of the edited quantity have been to supply a pluridisciplinary compilation of the large info got over the six-year application interval, to demonstrate the variety of the study box, and to show an built-in figuring out of age-differentiated paintings platforms to readers.

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Several capability tests were developed in order to assess industry-relevant physical capabilities. The results of the capability tests show statistically significant differences between younger (20–35 years) and older workers (45–63 years) in terms of handling materials manually and maintaining awkward body postures. These types of exposures were also found to be the most frequent types in workplace assessments in the automobile industry. Tasks conducted in a vehicle’s interior in particular combine higher load weights and awkward body postures.

Otherwise, the age of the employees might capture part of the Age-Differentiated Work Systems Enhance Productivity and Retention 33 influence of these factors on productivity, which could lead to biased results. We use age classes in five-year brackets and only report the coefficients of employees between 20 and 60 years of age. The estimates for the other age classes are summarized in a separate variable, but are not reported because they are likely to be dominated by unobserved characteristics of employees at the fringes of the age distribution—very young employees and very old employees are usually specific individuals.

On behalf of all those involved, the editors would like to thank the German Research Foundation for funding Priority Program 1184. We are particularly grateful to Dr. Andreas Engelke and Dr. Anne Brüggemann for their superb support in all phases of the entire project. They made a major contribution to the successful conclusion of this interdisciplinary initiative through their deep commitment to the development and supervision of the research program. The editors wish to repeat at this occasion their thanks to Dr.

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