Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter examines early retirement decision making from the perspective of person-environment (P-E) fit theory. First, we suggest that changes in workplace environments as well as in workers’ values and skills are likely to lead to declines in fit as individuals approach retirement. Second, perceptions of employee fit held by coworkers and supervisors also have a strong influence on self-perceptions of P-E fit; others’ perceptions of fit are likely to become more negative as employees reach retirement age, too. Third, changes in the nature of occupations and organizations have cascading effects on how older workers perceive fit with their jobs and work groups. These signals of declining fit, in turn, lead to increased motivation to retire early. The chapter concludes with avenues for future research on the relationship between P-E fit and early retirement decisions.

Keywords: person-environment fit, person-job fit, person-organization fit, person-vocation fit, older workers, early retirement, retirement, retirement decisions

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.