Work and Organisational Psychology
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Diversity Management, Intergenerational Relations and Knowledge Exchange, Job Search and (Re)employment, Late Career Development, and Transition to Retirement.
Department of Organizational Psychology
Birkbeck, University of London
Being Socially Mindful at Work: A Dyadic Approach to Understanding Intergenerational Contact and Co-worker-Support Behaviour
The purpose of Dr. Fasbender's visit is to develop a new research collaboration with a topic area specialist at Birkbeck and together advance testable theories mapping the underlying mechanisms and benefits of intergenerational contact in the workplace. Specifically, we will be using a dyadic approach to uncover the crossover of motivational mechanisms between older and younger co-workers.
During Dr. Fasbender's visit, she will collect and analyse longitudinal dyadic data from a sample of British workers (i.e., each dyad will compose of an older and a younger co-worker). For the first time, she will test a bi-directional model that assesses how social mindfulness (empathic concern and perspective taking) can mediate the relationship between intergenerational workplace contact and co-worker-support behaviours of both younger and older workers. In addition to testing this theoretical model, Dr. Fasbender will develop new lines of intergenerational co-worker contact theory to pursue in the future.