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Human resource management practices and the ageing workforce

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Demographic developments, especially the ageing of the Japanese labour force, pose challenges for all major human resource management (HRM) functions, namely recruitment and placement, training and development, and appraisal and compensation. This chapter discusses the nature of these challenges and the strategies adopted to cope with them. It describes the internal logic of the "traditional" HRM functions in Japanese companies, how they are affected by ageing workforces, what kind of strategies are adopted to cope with change, and what kind of adjustment problems remain. The chapter also assesses these strategies briefly from a wider perspective, taking into account the design of and recent changes in the social policy framework.

Keywords: ageing workforce; demographic developments; human resource management (HRM); Japanese labour force; social policy framework



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