In the realm of organisational psychology, a growing body of research is shedding light on the profound impact that positive organisations can have on individuals, particularly as they age. This paradigm shift, rooted in the principles of positive psychology, highlights the importance of creating workplaces that foster wellbeing, resilience, and a sense of purpose. This blog will explore the fundamental concepts surrounding positive organisations and their implications for the ageing workforce.

Positive organisations go beyond traditional models that focus solely on addressing problems and shortcomings. Instead, they actively cultivate positive attributes, strengths, and a supportive culture. Research by scholars like Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton has emphasised the significance of positive organisational practices, such as employee recognition, fostering positive relationships, and promoting a sense of meaning and engagement.

As populations age globally, the dynamics of the workforce are evolving. Ageing employees bring valuable experience, skills, and perspectives to the table. They may also face age-related stereotypes and challenges in the workplace. Positive organisations recognise the unique contributions of ageing employees and create an inclusive environment that values diversity across all ages.

Positive organisations prioritise employee wellbeing by promoting work-life balance, offering wellness programmes, and fostering a supportive work environment. For ageing employees, these practices become essential as they navigate the physical and mental changes associated with ageing. Resilience, another critical aspect of positive organisations, is crucial in helping employees adapt to challenges and bounce back from setbacks, contributing to sustained productivity and satisfaction.

Recognising that individuals may extend their working lives, positive organisations embrace flexibility in work arrangements. This flexibility accommodates the needs of ageing employees and promotes a culture of continuous learning. Lifelong learning initiatives ensure that older workers can acquire new skills and stay relevant in a rapidly changing work landscape.

Positive organisations offer a transformative approach to addressing the challenges associated with an ageing workforce. By prioritising wellbeing, resilience, and continuous learning, these organisations create environments where individuals can thrive at any age. As we navigate the demographic shifts in the workforce, adopting a positive organisational paradigm is both beneficial and imperative for building a sustainable and inclusive future.


  • Cameron, K. S., & Dutton, J. E. (2003). Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Luthans, F., & Youssef-Morgan, C. M. (2017). Psychological Capital: An Evidence-Based Positive Approach. Oxford University Press.
  • Topa, G., & Moriano, J. A. (2013). Psychosocial Factors and Age in the Workplace: Review and Recommendations. In Aging Workers and the Employee-Employer Relationship (pp. 33-55). Springer.

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