Last week, the government proposed new pension measures to reduce budgetary deficits, a trend that is expanding to all industries in Belgium. This means that organizations are challenged to keep these older workers motivated, effective and cooperative at work.

How can insights in leadership help organizations and employees realize this challenge? Our research shows that sharing leadership increases workers’ motivation as it creates the space to act from their own values, goals and interests. It also decreases their intention to retire earlier.

We will have to work longer, but what about our motivation?
The average age of the Belgian population is decreasing, so it seems. The average Belgian born in 2015, will only reach 80.9 years of age. Especially if you are a woman you might feel the difference: your life expectancy decreased with 123 days.

This probably won’t alter our working career and we don’t expect that this will impact the ongoing discussion on the increase of the retirement age. European studies project that the percentage of ol[...]

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