‘Managing the Greys’: The Changing Focus of Human Resource Management in Comtemporary Organisations within Regional Western Australia

By Chutarat Inma and Vicki Drury.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The implications of an ageing society and its ageing workforce are a focal issue on the international agenda. This issue has presented a tremendous challenge to the industrialised nations as the cumulative effects are beginning to escalate. The impact of the ageing workforce could be more severe for business corporations in regional areas and because of other social issues specific to those areas. In this paper, we describe the background to the issues and present the workforce analysis of two regional organisations. This study explores patterns associated with health and safety factors in employees over the age of 45 years in two regional organisations in Western Australia. Purposeful samples of the older employees and employers’ representatives were recruited. Data was collected through face-to-face interviews, documentary analysis of human resources policies and relevant statistical data. Descriptive statistics and correlation analysis are used to analyse quantitative data and thematic analysis is used for qualitative data. The findings seem to divert the management attention from the traditional workforce issues of older workers’ safety and health to the issue of knowledge management within the multi-generation workforce. This validates the importance of the ageing workforce issue both in physical and intellectual sense. There is a need for a long-term strategic plan and vision in relation to all levels of employees both from within the individual companies and across regional industry

Keywords: Ageing Workforce, Regional Organisations, Human Resource Planning, Labour Shortages, Knowledge Management

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 10, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 647.135KB).

Dr. Chutarat Inma

Division of Health Scineces, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia

As a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Health Science, Murdoch University, Dr Inma has been a driving force behind building a research capacity in a regional campus. Since graduating with a PhD from Murdoch University in 2003, she has been actively involved in participating in multi-disciplinary research projects. Dr Inma is currently coordinating the industry linkage grant funded by the Australian Research Council. This industry linkage grant involves the investigation of the ageing workforce in regional organisations and is in the second year of the study.

Vicki Drury

Research Associate, Division of Health Sciences, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia

Mrs Drury is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse who has worked in diverse locations throughout Australia including north east Arnhem Land. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Education she holds a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing, a Certificate in Men’s Health and a Master of Clinical Nursing. She is currently a doctoral student at Monash University. Mrs Drury previously practiced as a clinical nurse, nurse manager and nurse educator for 25 years before accepting an academic role in 2002. Over the past twenty years she has worked in rural Australia taking a leadership role in education and research. She is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, the Australian New Zealand College of Mental health Nurses and the Australian Association for rural Nurses and Midwives. Ms Drury currently works part timeas a Research Associate at Murdoch University.


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