Late careers decisions; Bridge employment; Identity; Relationships; Transition from work to retirement; Human resources
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As Western countries face the demographic challenge of aging populations, the integration of seniors into society and work has been considered one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Notably, in Switzerland, September 2016 has led to two important votes regarding retirement (i.e., rejection of initiative AHV/AVSplus, acceptance of a more flexible retirement between ages 62 to 70, and of similar retirement ages for men and women). Retirement has also emerged as an important research area, defined as “an individual’s exit from the workforce, which accompanies decreased psychological commitment to and behavioral withdrawal from work” (Wang & Shi, 2014, p. 211). However, nowadays an increasing number of workers decide to remain in the workforce, even though they receive their official retirement pension, which has been referred to as bridge employment (e.g., 11.7% in Switzerland; Swiss Federal Statistical Office, 2016a). The uniqueness of this advanced postdoctoral research project is that it investigates the transition as the very beginning of the retirement adjustment process. Specifically, the objective is to broaden the research field of retirement by exploring the role of human resource practices, social relationships, and identity tensions, on senior employees’ career decisions and well-being during their transition to retirement. The research design involves following 450 participants who are transitioning to retirement (i.e., from 12 months before receiving their retirement pension (1st pillar AHV/AVS and/or 2nd pillar) to 15 months after), being/having been working for at least 20 hours a week before receiving the pension. Participants will be followed over nine months, using three online questionnaires every three-month, beginning October-November 2018.