Monika von Bonsdorff

Monika von Bonsdorff
University of Jyväskylä | JYU · Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Associate Professor in Management and Leadership and AoF Research Fellow

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February 2010 - September 2016
University of Jyväskylä
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By relying on sustainable career perspective and recent studies on senior employees’ late career phase, this study examines senior (50+) nurses’ late career narratives in the context of extending retirement age. Given the current global nursing shortage, there is a pressing need to find ways on how to promote longer and sustainable careers in the h...
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Aim and objectives To investigate how organisational and individual resources are linked to older (50+) nursing professionals’ organisational commitment, and to examine the possible mediating role of the active use of selection, optimisation and compensation (SOC) strategies. Background Many healthcare organisations need to find ways to retain the...
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Objectives: To study the association between retirement characteristics and frailty in a homogenous population of former business executives. Design: Cross-sectional cohort study using data from the Helsinki Businessmen Study. Setting: Helsinki, Finland. Participants: 1324 Caucasian men, born in 1919-1934, who had worked as business executiv...
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Changing careers and delayed retirement age are likely to have an effect on older employees' late career phase and transition into retirement. Yet, the changing nature of the late career phase has received rather little attention in the field of career and human resource management (HRM) research. This study focuses on older nursing professionals'...
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Ikääntyvien sairaanhoitajien suunnitelmat työssä jatkamisesta: Ajatuksia "eläkeuudistuslapun" lykkäämästä eläkeiästä Aging registered nurses' plans to continue at work: How "the pension letter" influenced their thoughts about retirement The need to prolong work careers is an important social, political, economic and psychological question. This a...
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Background We aimed to investigate trajectories of mobility limitations (MLs) over a period of 24 years. In addition, we aimed to study how shift work and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in midlife predict assignment to MLs trajectories separately for those retired on statutory pensions (SPs) and on disability pensions (DPs). Methods Subject...
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Introduction: Traumatic experiences, such as separation from parents in childhood causing early life stress (ELS) may increase the risk of adverse long-term health outcomes and biological age-related changes. This may have an impact on work career. Our aim was to examine long term consequences of ELS due to temporary separation from parents during...
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Purpose Human resource management (HRM) scholars’ interest in older employees’ resilience has only recently started to emerge. Little is known about how resilience and perceived HRM are linked to different retirement intentions. Drawing on the conservation of resources and social exchange theories, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the li...
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Objectives We studied the developmental trajectories of multisite musculoskeletal pain (MSP) to learn whether pain in midlife persists to old age, and whether pain trajectories associate with midlife work or lifestyle exposures or retirement from work. Methods Municipal employees aged 44–58 years were studied in 1981 (n=6257) with follow-ups in 19...
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Objective: childhood adversities have been linked with adverse health outcomes, but less is known about the long-term consequences of childhood home atmosphere. We investigated whether childhood adversities and home atmosphere were associated with physical and mental functioning in older age. Methods: in the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study 2003, par...
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von Bonsdorff, M., & Mänttäri-van der Kuip, M. (2018). Back to work! : työ ja työelämän tutkimus kutsuvat vapaajakson jälkeen (Editorial). Työelämän tutkimus, 16 (3), 151-153.
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Sustainable human resource management (HRM) stresses the importance of maintaining and developing organizations’ human capital for social, ecological and financial reasons. In the context of aging workforce, the social aspect of sustainable HRM relates to the discussion of retaining older employees and preventing their early exit from work life. Th...
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Aims: Early exit from the workforce has been proposed to be one of the unfavorable consequences of diabetes. We examined whether early exit from the workforce differed between persons who were and were not diagnosed with diabetes during their work career. Methods: The cohort included 12,726 individuals of the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study, born be...
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Salminen and von Bonsdorff provide a much-needed overview of recent studies focusing on older employees’ late career and retirement intentions in the context of the changing nature of careers. Owing to the current turbulent working life, individuals’ career and retirement patterns are more diverse and complex than before. By focusing on contemporar...
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We investigated whether there are differences according to midlife physical fitness for the long-term association between cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and physical functioning in old age. We studied Caucasian men born in 1919–1934 in the Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS initial n=3490). Data on CVD risk factors (body mass index [BMI]),...
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Childhood adversities have been linked with adverse life events, but less is known about the long-term effects of childhood home atmosphere in terms of work career. We investigated whether childhood adversities and home atmosphere were associated with disability or unemployment pension. In the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study (born 1934–44), 2001 cohort...
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We investigated whether adherence to the healthy Nordic diet among older individuals was associated with incident disability 10 years later. We studied 972 participants from the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study who were free of disability at baseline. At the mean age of 61 years the Nordic diet score (NDS) was calculated based on a validated food-freque...
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Mobility is important for maintaining independence and active participation in old age. Life-space mobility assessment incorporates the extent of mobility in terms of the distance from home, the frequency of mobility and the need of assistance for mobility. Executive function (EF) is one of the most important higher-order cognitive abilities that c...
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This study examines bridge employment decision-making from a self-employment perspective using 3 prominent retirement theories, the life course perspective, continuity theory and role theory. Focusing on self-employment extends the current theoretical understanding of bridge employment and offers interesting implications for retirement policy-makin...
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Objectives We investigated whether the extent of biomechanical exposures and job strain in midlife separately and jointly predict disability in old age. Methods Participants of the Finnish Longitudinal Study on Aging Municipal Employees (FLAME) in 1981 (aged 44-58 years) responded to disability questionnaires in 2009 (1850 women and 1082 men). Diff...
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Abstract We investigated how work-related biomechanical exposure and job strain in midlife separately and jointly predict back and degenerative Musculoskeletal Diseases (MSDs). A total of 6257 employees participated in the Finnish Longitudinal study on Aging Municipal Employees (FLAME) in 1981 and were followed up for 28-years. Risk ratios and the...
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Introduction There are few longitudinal studies of relationships between vacation and later health outcomes. We studied these during a 26-year follow-up of the Helsinki Businessmen Study. Methods In 1974, at mean age of 47 years, 2741 members of a cohort of executives and businessmen born 1919–1934 were clinically examined and reported their annua...
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Background long working hours and short sleep duration are associated with a range of adverse health consequences. However, the combined effect of these two exposures on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has not been investigated. Methods we studied white men born between 1919 and 1934 in the Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS, initial n = 3,490...
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Aim: We investigated, among those who had been hospitalized at least once due to coronary heart disease (CHD), the relationship between ponderal index (PI, birthweight/length³) at birth, a measure of thinness, and the age at first hospitalization due to CHD, the number of CHD-related hospital care episodes, and cost of CHD-related hospital care fro...
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This study investigated the relationships among company average age, company work ability, and company performance by examining (a) the effects of employee average use of selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) personal strategies and high-involvement work practices (HIWPs) on employee work ability; (b) the buffering effects of both employe...
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Purpose Occupations during adult life may have long-term effects and subsequently increase the risk of disability in old age. We investigated the associations between job profile groups in midlife and disability in old age for women and men. Methods This prospective 28-year follow-up study (1981–2009) examined 2998 municipal employees (1892 women a...
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Background: Previous studies of the associations between unemployment and health have primarily focused on mental health and long-term associations have not often been explored. This study investigated if discontinuous employment in mid-career was related to self-reported physical and mental functioning at age 60-64 years. Methods: Data come fro...
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Background: Little is known about the wellbeing and mobility limitation of older disability retirees. Personal and environmental factors, such as time spent in working life, may either exacerbate or mitigate the onset of mobility limitation in general population. We aimed to study perceived midlife work ability as a determinant of self-reported mo...
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The ageing of the population is particularly challenging for the healthcare sector, which is at the same time facing a nursing shortage. Therefore, improving work conditions and well-being at work in order to prolong nurses' careers and retention in their profession until retirement age has become one of the key issues of healthcare leaders and pol...
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Retention of nurses has received considerable attention in recent years due to the ageing population and the shortage of nurses. However, most of the studies have concentrated on either older nurses’ early retirement or younger nurses’ turnover intentions. This study analyses the antecedents of different forms of job withdrawal intentions with spe...
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Retirement is one of the major life transitions during the life course. As the population in industrialized countries ages, larger numbers of employees will be faced with the decision whether or not to retire early or continue working. These decisions may be defined as individuals' motivated decisions to decrease commitment to work and to withdraw...
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Background: There is some evidence linking sub-optimal prenatal development to an increased risk of disability pension (DP). Our aim was to investigate whether body size at birth was associated with transitioning into all-cause and cause-specific DP during the adult work career. Methods: 10 682 people born in 1934-44 belonging to the Helsinki Bi...
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The study focuses on the relationship between perceived team autonomy and company performance through highlighting organizational commitment as a mediating factor in this relationship. Data collected in 2007 came from 25 small-sized companies in the retail trade, covering both the employer and employee levels (n = 369). This study aims to shed ligh...
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We examined prospectively the use of all-cause hospital in-patient care among public sector employees by using a 3-year pre- and post-retirement study window. A total of 5269 participants of the Finnish Longitudinal Study of Municipal Employees had retired during January 1984 and July 2000. They had register-based data on retirement (non-disability...
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The aim of this study is to investigate whether work-related stress symptoms in midlife are associated with a number of mobility limitations during three decades from midlife to late life. Data for the study come from the Finnish Longitudinal Study of Municipal Employees (FLAME). The study includes a total of 5429 public sector employees aged 44-58...
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Background: There are several lines of evidence pointing to fetal and other early origins of diseases of the aging brain, but there are no data directly addressing the hypotheses in an older population. We investigated the association of fetal size to late-age measures of brain structure and function in a large cohort of older men and women and ex...
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One central goal in ageing individuals’ late-career stages is to participate in working life, subsequently transition successfully into retirement, and to lead a satisfying and healthy life in retirement. In many ways, these goals are aligned with the policy orientation of countries facing challenges with global ageing. This chapter describes some...
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Work is one of the essential functions during the human life span. We spend almost half of our lives occupationally active. Therefore, several different work-related determinants are affecting our lives. In recent years, there has been an increasing knowledge about work-related factors and their effect on health and functioning. Both cross-sectiona...
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To evaluate in a sample of initially middle-aged municipal employees whether leisure time (LPA) or occupational physical activity (OPA) was associated with mobility limitation (ML) in old age. Prospective population-based follow-up. Municipalities in Finland. Public sector employees from the Finnish Longitudinal Study on Municipal Employees (FLAME)...
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To explore associations between age, organizational justice, selection, optimization with compensation (SOC), and work ability. Data for this study were collected in 2011 among 605 employees (mean age = 43.7, SD = 10.7, 86% women) working at a university hospital in Finland. Age and work ability were negatively associated. Those who experienced hig...
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Background: high job strain increases the risk of health decline, but little is known about the specific consequences and long-term effects of job strain on old age health. Objectives: purpose was to investigate whether physical and mental job strain in midlife was associated with hospital care use in old age. Methods: study population included 5,6...
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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to study age-related differences in how perceptions of two forms of organizational justice, i.e. procedural and interactional justice, are related to short (i.e. non-certified) spells and long (i.e. medically certified) spells of sickness absence. Design/methodology/approach – The authors conducted a study on a l...
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Severe stress experienced in early life may have long-term effects on adult physiological and psychological health and well-being. We studied physical and psychosocial functioning in late adulthood in subjects separated temporarily from their parents in childhood during World War II. The 1803 participants belong to the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study,...
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Need for inpatient care increases toward the end of life. We studied whether mobility limitation assessed approximately 5.8 years prior to death predicts the number of days in care during the last year of life. A population-based, prospective study with interviews conducted, on average, 5.8 years prior to death. Data on vital status and health care...
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Background: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) and physical performance have been shown to be associated with mortality, but it is not clear whether one of them modifies the association. We investigated the association between the extent of CAC and physical performance among older individuals and explored these individual and combined effects on cardio...
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Background: Stress has damaging effects on individual's health. However, information about the long-term consequences of mental stress is scarce. Methods: This 28-year prospective cohort study examined on the associations between midlife stress and old age disability among 2,994 Finnish municipal professionals aged 44-58 years at baseline. Self-...
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Background: This cross-sectional study investigated the associations between balance confidence, functional balance, and physical disability among older people after hip fracture. Material and methods: The study utilizes baseline data of two randomized controlled trials (ISRCTN34271567 and ISRCTN53680197). The participants were 159 community-dwe...
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We studied the effect of birth size on glucose and insulin metabolism among old non-diabetic individuals. We also explored the combined effect of birth size and midlife body mass index (BMI) on type 2 diabetes in old age. Our study comprised 1,682 Icelanders whose birth records included anthropometrical data. The same individuals had participated i...
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Background and aims: The level of physical activity often declines in old age, although many older people would like to be more active than what they are capable of. This leads to unmet physical activity need, the feeling that one's level of physical activity is inadequate, which is a manifestation of disparity in physical activity in old age. The...
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To investigate the effect of job demand, job control and job strain on total mortality among white-collar and blue-collar employees working in the public sector. 28-year prospective population-based follow-up. Several municipals in Finland. 5731 public sector employees from the Finnish Longitudinal Study on Municipal Employees Study aged 44-58 year...
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Background and aims: Lower occupational class correlates with a higher disability risk later in life. However, it is not clear whether the demands made by mental and physical work relative to individual resources in midlife predict well-being in old age. This study investigated prospectively whether work ability in midlife predicts disability seve...
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The study reports on the associations of infant and childhood anthropometric measurements, early growth, and the combined effect of birth weight and childhood body mass index with older age physical functioning among 1,999 individuals born in 1934-1944 and belonging to the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study. Physical functioning was assessed by the Short...
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We investigated the 28-year development trajectories of work ability among initially middle-aged male and female municipal employees and the association of perceived mental and physical work strain in midlife by work ability trajectory groups. The baseline data of the Finnish longitudinal study of municipal employees (FLAME) were collected in 1981...
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A narrative review of quantitative population-based longitudinal studies was conducted to examine the association of formal voluntary work and personal well-being among older people doing the voluntary work and those being served. To be included, the study had to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, written in English and conducted in Western c...
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Poor work ability correlates with increased morbidity and early retirement from the workforce, but the association in old age is not known. We investigated work ability in midlife among white-collar and blue-collar employees as a predictor of mortality and disability 28 years later. A total of 5971 occupationally active people aged 44-58 years part...
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Most of the European countries are facing a severe shortage of employees, due partly to the ageing of the workforce. Although the average age of the workforce will rise considerably in the next 10 years, the older workforce will have an effect on the way in which organisations will be led and employees motivated in the future. Nevertheless, only fe...
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To explore the relationship between employee well-being and early-retirement intentions, and the extent to which early-retirement intentions are associated with company performance. This study is based on cross-sectional survey data on the ageing employees of the Finnish metal industry and retail trade, collected in 2007 (company-level n = 129, emp...
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Adjusting work life and encouraging older employees to continue at work has become a common challenge as the workforce ages. Gender differences in retirement decisions have largely been overlooked in previous studies, despite the fact that retirement as a life course event and the experience of retirement can be gender dependent. To explore which p...
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The rapid aging of the workforce in most developed countries, and the strengthening presence of bridge employment among older employees, has brought about a need for a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of this employment phenomenon. This study examined the concept of bridge employment from a continuity theory and life course perspectiv...
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Little is known about the early predictors of need for care in late life. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether physical activity from midlife onward was associated with hospital and long-term care in the last year of life. We studied a decedent population of 846 persons aged 66-98 years at death, who, on average 5.8 years prior to d...
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Physical activity counseling increases physical activity among older people, but its effectiveness on mobility, that is, maintaining the ability to move independently, is unknown. We studied the effect of physical activity counseling on mobility among older people and evaluated whether counseling-induced benefits persist after cessation of the inte...
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To study the effect of a physical activity counseling intervention on instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) disability. Primary care-based, single-blind, randomized controlled trial. City of Jyväskylä, central Finland. Six hundred thirty-two people aged 75 to 81 who were able to walk 500 meters without assistance, were at most moderately phy...
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To validate self-reported preclinical mobility limitation concept and self-report assessment method against muscle power and walking speed, and to study the predictive validity of preclinical mobility limitation with respect to future risk of manifest mobility limitation. Observational prospective cohort study and cross-sectional analysis. Research...
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Mobility limitations and cognitive disorders have often been observed as risks for institutionalization. However, their combined effects on risk of institutionalization among initially community-dwelling older people have been less well reported. A prospective cohort study with 10-year surveillance on institutionalization. Study population (n = 476...
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Finland along with the rest of Europe will face considerable challenges in the next five to ten years due to changing age structures. The large number of ageing and aged employees, the baby-boomers, as well as the remarkably low birth rates that have occurred ever since the beginning of the 1980s, have led to a social phenomenon never experienced b...
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