Project Title

Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) and Retirement Readiness: A Programming Possibility?

Academic department under which the project should be listed

Health Promotion & Physical Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Mari-Amanda Dyal

No human subjects

Project Type

Event

Abstract (300 words maximum)

1. Background and Research Question/Purpose of Research

Retirement readiness and transition have historically been within the domain of human resources, as well they should be when discussions of pension and insurance are considered. However, there is more to retirement readiness and transition. That is, the mental preparation required to take the next step that many individuals delay. There are many reasons for retirement delays, but the number one reason has been linked to loss of purpose and sense of belonging, which lends itself to workplace health promotion (WHP) programming that could assist with readiness and transition. WHP programming is very comprehensive in nature, and readiness and transition programs for retirees could 1) build their self-efficacy, 2) provide a sense of fulfillment with health-related goals, and 3) instill connectedness through a retiree network and external retirement services. Granted, WHP funds should be used for active employees; however, retirement delays can impact the economy and workforce in negative ways.

2. Research Methods

Therefore, a comprehensive review of WHP programming and policy (in various industries) related to retirement readiness and transition will be conducted to ascertain the feasibility, interest, and true necessity of program development in this regard.

. Results/Findings (completed or expected if work is still in progress)

It is hypothesized that there are critical gaps in WHP programming and policies as they relate to retirement readiness and transition, and a combined review of these specific sources will provide a comprehensive status check on the current gaps and opportunities for WHP intervention that could have many individual and organizational implications.

4. Conclusions & Implications for future research, if applicable

The findings of this review will inform research recommendations and practical implications for employers and employees for consideration and incorporation that could add value at both the individual and organizational levels.

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Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) and Retirement Readiness: A Programming Possibility?

1. Background and Research Question/Purpose of Research

Retirement readiness and transition have historically been within the domain of human resources, as well they should be when discussions of pension and insurance are considered. However, there is more to retirement readiness and transition. That is, the mental preparation required to take the next step that many individuals delay. There are many reasons for retirement delays, but the number one reason has been linked to loss of purpose and sense of belonging, which lends itself to workplace health promotion (WHP) programming that could assist with readiness and transition. WHP programming is very comprehensive in nature, and readiness and transition programs for retirees could 1) build their self-efficacy, 2) provide a sense of fulfillment with health-related goals, and 3) instill connectedness through a retiree network and external retirement services. Granted, WHP funds should be used for active employees; however, retirement delays can impact the economy and workforce in negative ways.

2. Research Methods

Therefore, a comprehensive review of WHP programming and policy (in various industries) related to retirement readiness and transition will be conducted to ascertain the feasibility, interest, and true necessity of program development in this regard.

. Results/Findings (completed or expected if work is still in progress)

It is hypothesized that there are critical gaps in WHP programming and policies as they relate to retirement readiness and transition, and a combined review of these specific sources will provide a comprehensive status check on the current gaps and opportunities for WHP intervention that could have many individual and organizational implications.

4. Conclusions & Implications for future research, if applicable

The findings of this review will inform research recommendations and practical implications for employers and employees for consideration and incorporation that could add value at both the individual and organizational levels.