Purpose – This study aims to test a model of the relationships among older workers’ propensity to engage in development activities (development orientation), their perceptions of the development opportunities associated with their job (job development climate), their commitment to their organization, and their intention to remain with their organization. Findings – The findings supported the proposed model in that development orientation was positively related to job development climate which, in turn, was positively related to affective commitment and affective commitment was positively related to intention to remain with the organization. There were both similarities and differences in the patterns of relationships for career-job and bridge-job respondents. Research limitations/implications – The question of causality cannot be determined because of the cross-sectional research design. Practical implications – To create a supportive development climate and retain older workers, employers need to foster older workers’ development orientation and ensure that their work assignments provide opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills.
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