Responding to Diversity in the Publicly Funded Domiciliary Aged Care Workforce

By Peter Nixon.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Demographics and globalizing influences demand that the domiciliary aged care and other industries be vigilant with regard to retaining their workforces. The best strategy for retaining workers is identified as ‘job embeddedness’. This depends on employers engaging closely with employees and relating accurately to their motivations with regard to both employment and community. Generational diversity in the workforce and the different values and motivations of the different generations will require careful targeting on the part of employers implementing a job embeddedness policy. This may result in the use of different strategies for different generations in employment. The public service is accountable to citizens of the state through parliament, for both the processes and outcomes of its work. However, the public service is frequently seen as experiencing internal conflicts of interest which are often represented as being politically partisan in nature. Hence if implementation of a job embeddedness policy is to avoid accusations of partisan influence, both government and community must support selective targeting of different groups of employees, in ways that are transparently fair.

Keywords: Domiciliary Aged Care, Government, Workforce, Culture, Life Course, Intergenerational Relations, Generations

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.85-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.982KB).

Peter Nixon

Doctoral Candidate, School of Communication, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

My professional aged care work began in the mid 1970’s when I worked in the Port Adelaide Central Mission residential aged care program and was involved in committee work with the people who initiated Western Domiciliary Care Service, which was something of a pioneer in the Australian context. It later became part of Domiciliary Care South Australia (DCSA). My employment at DCSA began in 1985 and I have worked there in allied health, case management, supervision, research, teaching and agency management roles. I am an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Social Administration and Social Work at Flinders University and have been a researcher in the Department of Public Health, Flinders University for over two years. My combined research experience spans the fields of qualitative and quantitative research in epidemiology, gerontology, work/life balance, work and well-being, program evaluation and social health. DCSA and the University of South Australia provide financial support for this doctoral research.

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