Why you should be happy to be in your 50s

A new study found that managers demonstrate their highest levels of professional vitality in their 50s

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Those in their 50s have highest professional vitality

People in their 50s aren’t hot on the job market. No one wants to hire them because they are believed to have their fag end…the end of their vigour, vitality and intelligence. Now, a new research is suddenly going to change all of that.

A study conducted at the University of Haifa, Israel, examined the functionality of high-tech, engineering, and infrastructure executives [from project managers to senior company managers] to find that managers demonstrate their highest levels of professional vitality in their 50.

A manager’s professional vitality is defined as the ability to carry out tasks with passion, vigor, and competence, and to gain satisfaction from his or her work performance. The results show that the more vitality the managers demonstrate, the more ability they have to draw upon personal resources to succeed in their work, and commitment to their work is enhanced. Professional vitality was also positively linked to the manager’s position in the company’s organizational hierarchy: the more vitality the manager demonstrates, the higher his organizational status. Vitality was also found to be positively linked to career and life satisfaction. Moreover, the higher the level of vitality, the less a manager considers leaving his or her place of work.

The researchers found that there is an inverted U-shaped relationship between age and vitality. The older the manager, the higher his or her professional vitality, reaching a peak at 50-59 and 57 being the highest point, after which it begins to drop.

University of Haifa


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