An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Nowadays, in high-income countries such as the UK, France, and Spain, it is generally accepted that young people will be worse off in terms of wealth, job opportunities, and quality of life than their parents (Resolution Foundation, Intergenerational Commission Report, 2018), thus reversing the common expectations of generation-on-generation progress due to sustained economic growth and prosperity. Although intergenerational inequality has been building for some time, it has only recently gained traction with an ageing population driving financial pressures on younger generations, declining natural capital, and the rise of mental health issues among recent generations.
In her key editorial blog, Wendy Purcell, Goal Advisor for the Fairer Society, makes a call to action: start working now on building a Fairer Society for all our generations.
This mission showcases a selection of blog posts and videos highlighting intergenerational inequalities and suggesting ways to re-establish the balance for a more equitable landscape across generations. How can intergenerational fairness be achieved? Are "Baby Boomers" "stealing" the future of "Millennials" or is this merely a news headline myth masking the benefits of living and working together to create a fair and more inclusive society now and across all generations?
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Read our latest blogs to find out more about what our authors have to say regarding all aspects relating to fairness across generations.
We do not shape our lives as isolated individuals, but embedded in intergenerational relations
While more than half of the world's children grow up in Asia, there are many differences and inequalities in the conditions of growing up in Asia’s various countries, regions and among social groups.
Read Doris Bühler-Niederberger's blog
The Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies: Generations Between Local and Global Dynamics (due to publish end of 2022, Open Access)
"How do I do this?": exploring an ageing population and digital exclusion
Older adults have much to gain from adopting technology in their daily living and wellbeing. Yet the adoption rate among this demographic group is often the lowest.
Article: Gamified money: exploring the effectiveness of gamification in mobile payment adoption among the silver generation in China
Information Technology & People
Lock Out: Generational inequalities of housing tenure and housing type
Braam Lowies explores generational differences in property tenure and type with Australia as background.
Article: Locked-out: generational inequalities of housing tenure and housing type
Whose perceptions, whose expectations? Taking a new look at intergenerational fairness
Until recently, the general expectation was that each generation would be better off than the previous. That no longer seems to be the case and social mobility has gone into reverse.
Article: Post-pandemic challenges for all ages in an ageing society
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
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Locked-out: Generational inequalities of housing tenure & housing type
Graham Squires and Braam Lowies discuss the essential question: How do government policy, economic factors and market forces impact different generations on whether they rent or buy?
Youth exclusion, empowerment and sustainable development podcast
Oláyínká Àkànle discusses the sustainable future of global youth studies.
Space, place, and an ageing society podcast
In this episode, Sophie Yarker and Charles Musselwhite discuss older people's relationship to space and place.
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Promoting young professionals' wellbeing in the workplace
New study reveals the prevalence of work-related stress in young adults and recommends employers to support and promote emotional wellbeing at work.
Article: Rebuilding the workplace to promote young workers’ mental health
International Journal of Workplace Health Management
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Promoting young professionals' wellbeing in the workplace
Work-related stress and associated mental health challenges are serious occupational health concerns, which have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People most affected by it are:
- Young/early career professionals
- Those with existing mental health issues
Common workplace stressors include:
- Role ambiguity
- Lack of autonomy
- Lack of support
- Long working hours
- Excessive workload
How can the emotional wellbeing of employees in the workplace be improved?
Voluntary, anonymised online survey
- 199 respondents
- 200 UK-based organisations
Age was the most significant indicator of mental health difficulties in the workplace
People aged 16-29 reported:
- More work-related stressors affecting their mental health
- Their mental health difficulties could affect work performance
- Physical illness in lieu of mental health difficulties for absence from work as they felt this was more acceptable
- They had witnessed colleagues being fired/demoted due to mental health difficulties
To improve mental health in the workplace, focus should be on:
- Adopting organisation-wide mental wellbeing programmes—wellbeing is everyone's responsibility
- Providing targeted and proactive support for vulnerable groups
- Fostering spaces for positive social interactions and experiential learning (e.g. mentoring)
- Encouraging flexible hours, taking control of one’s diary, having role clarity, and feeling valued
- Developing coping strategies and resilience mechanisms across the workforce
- Further research on therapeutic mechanisms in the workplace
Effective support strategies to promote wellbeing in the workplace are crucial, particularly for early career professionals.
Rebuilding the workplace to promote young workers’ mental health
International Journal of Social Economics
Parry et al. (2022) DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-10-2021-0188
Marketing retirement housing as aspirational and not a sign of crisis
Louise Drew, Partner & Head of Building Communities, Shakespeare Martineau, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
We conducted consumer research with more than 2,000 adults and more than 100 representatives from retirement housing providers from across the UK to identify the ‘perception gap’ and gathered high-profile representatives from across the retirement housing sector to discuss the data.
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