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Becoming Old at Work

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Keuter, Klaus (Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln)
  • Nägele, Gerhard (Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
  • Abstract

    Problems and difficulties of older employees in conducting their occupational activity and ideas about a smooth transition into retirement. Topics: Occupation career; company ties; characterization of job and job burdens; time worked each week; shift work; satisfaction with shift work; number of colleagues in immediate vicinity of workplace; relations with younger colleagues or superiors; self-assessment of capability in comparison with others and especially with younger colleagues (scale); reasons for difficulties with superior; wage and salary form; satisfaction with income; proportion of bonuses in monthly gross income; preferred criteria for determining pay of employees; concerns for one´s own occupational future; attitude to a union representative for older colleagues; impact of organizational or technical changes at work; assumed alternatives in the company with necessary change of job; attitude to technical progress; characteristics of an ideal job; utilization of education leave and interest in further education measures; leisure activities and leisure contacts; ideas about retirement and the transition between work life and retirement; concerns about life in retirement; preferred manner of reduction in working hours for older employees; interest in an early retirement or continuing to work after reaching the age limit; preferred age limit; participation in medical check-ups; assessment of personal condition of health and number of illness days in the last year; illnesses and disabilities. Demography: sex; marital status; income; grand-children; rent costs; type of residence; size of place of residence; regional mobility; frequency of unemployment; participation in recuperation programs and attitude to company doctor; decision behavior; attitude to the trade unions and memberships.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
selected companies
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census among employees of the German BP AG and the Oelwerke Julius Schindler GmbH who were 45 years old and older.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey in a group situation
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1475
    Number of Variables: 255
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1002 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik (Hrsg.): "Altwerden im Betrieb". Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung zur betrieblichen Lage der 45-jährigen und älteren Mitarbeiter der Deutschen BP Aktiengesellschaft und ihrer Tochterfirma Ölwerke Julius Schneider GmbH. Köln: Selbstverlag 1978.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 241 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Keuter, Klaus; Nägele, Gerhard (1977): Altwerden im Betrieb. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.