Ilitch School management professor and Ph.D. student accepted for publication in Journal of Applied Psychology
Mike Ilitch School of Business Assistant Professor of Management Matthew Piszczek and management Ph.D. student Avani Pimputkar recently co-authored a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
The Journal of Applied Psychology publishes original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to fields of applied psychology.
The manuscript, “Flexible Schedules across Working Lives: Age-specific Effects on Well-being and Work,” assesses how the effects of flexible schedules on sick day use, selective health perceptions, work-to-family conflict, affective commitment and work engagement change with age.
In the midst of an aging global workforce, organizations must develop a better understanding of how work design interacts with aging to influence worker well-being. Grounded in socioemotional selectivity theory, the present study assesses how the effects of flexible schedules on sick day use, selective health perceptions, work-to-family conflict, affective commitment, and work engagement change with age. The study uses 3,623 observations from the Linked Personnel Panel, a federally collected and maintained dataset consisting of three waves from 2013-2017 in Germany. Results show that flexible schedules have age-specific effects for some outcomes and age-neutral effects for others. Flexible schedules were related to lower sick day use and higher subjective health perceptions only among older workers and reduced work-to-family conflict only among middle-aged workers. Relationships with work engagement and affective commitment were more consistently positive across age. The results point to the importance of understanding age-specific policy effects in the face of workforce aging.