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Age-tailored multicomponent training programs benefit employees aged 50+

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August 9, 2022
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Ehab Naim, MBA.

The multicomponent training program consisted of five concepts, including health, self-efficacy, self-concept of professional competence, coping with stress, and cognitive abilities.

Age-tailored multicomponent training programs benefit employees aged 50+

More and more employers are recognizing the importance of maintaining their employees' physical, mental, and psychological health. Changes in work environments have directed employers to support their employees’ development further. Holistic training, which includes mental, physical, social, and emotional aspects, presents a promising approach.

Research focusing on aging employees has been growing in the past few decades. However, most available literature focuses on physical training, imparting knowledge, and individual coaching. Also, there is mental and stress management training available for mature employees. However, holistic training directed at individuals aged 50 years and over is still lacking.

When designing training programs, it is essential to consider cognitive training, stress management, and a focus on nurturing individual competencies and skills. Chronic stress has been shown to affect physical and mental health. Also, age is a contributor to the decline in the said components. Therefore, approaches that consider cognitive training with intellectual engagement, physical activity, and relaxation techniques are essential to fight chronic stress and age-related decline in cognitive function and overall health.

Hüber et al. initiated a study to test the effectiveness of multicomponent group intervention in employees aged 50 years and above. The authors tried to answer the following research questions:

  • Does the multicomponent training system produce short- and long-term effects?
  • Are the effects independent of the instructor?
  • Can differential effects of single-component training be found?
  • Are the effects of multicomponent training different from single-component ones?

The analyzed sample comprised 633 individuals, and the multicomponent training program consisted of five concepts, including health, self-efficacy, self-concept of professional competence, coping with stress, and cognitive abilities.

Results revealed that subjects in the multicomponent training group had significantly better outcomes in the investigated five concepts than in the control group. Regarding the first research question, short- and long-term effects were found for self-efficacy, self-perception of professional competence, coping with stress, and cognitive abilities. The second question showed that training effects are independent of instructors. With regard to the third question, single-component training demonstrated domain-specific effects, like cognitive outcomes. Regarding question 4 outcome, results showed that a multicomponent program has a broader impact than single-component training, but not necessarily more significant effects.

The authors concluded that an age-appropriate, multicomponent training program could promote physical and mental health and improve learning outcomes. Also, these programs would have long-term benefits for the employee.  

 

 

Source: Hüber T, Käser U, Stahlhofen L, Görtner L, Röhr-Sendlmeier U. Evaluation of a multi-component training programme for employees aged 50+. European Journal of Ageing. 2022 Jul 11:1-6.

Age-tailored multicomponent training programs benefit employees aged 50+

More and more employers are recognizing the importance of maintaining their employees' physical, mental, and psychological health. Changes in work environments have directed employers to support their employees’ development further. Holistic training, which includes mental, physical, social, and emotional aspects, presents a promising approach.

Research focusing on aging employees has been growing in the past few decades. However, most available literature focuses on physical training, imparting knowledge, and individual coaching. Also, there is mental and stress management training available for mature employees. However, holistic training directed at individuals aged 50 years and over is still lacking.

When designing training programs, it is essential to consider cognitive training, stress management, and a focus on nurturing individual competencies and skills. Chronic stress has been shown to affect physical and mental health. Also, age is a contributor to the decline in the said components. Therefore, approaches that consider cognitive training with intellectual engagement, physical activity, and relaxation techniques are essential to fight chronic stress and age-related decline in cognitive function and overall health.

Hüber et al. initiated a study to test the effectiveness of multicomponent group intervention in employees aged 50 years and above. The authors tried to answer the following research questions:

  • Does the multicomponent training system produce short- and long-term effects?
  • Are the effects independent of the instructor?
  • Can differential effects of single-component training be found?
  • Are the effects of multicomponent training different from single-component ones?

The analyzed sample comprised 633 individuals, and the multicomponent training program consisted of five concepts, including health, self-efficacy, self-concept of professional competence, coping with stress, and cognitive abilities.

Results revealed that subjects in the multicomponent training group had significantly better outcomes in the investigated five concepts than in the control group. Regarding the first research question, short- and long-term effects were found for self-efficacy, self-perception of professional competence, coping with stress, and cognitive abilities. The second question showed that training effects are independent of instructors. With regard to the third question, single-component training demonstrated domain-specific effects, like cognitive outcomes. Regarding question 4 outcome, results showed that a multicomponent program has a broader impact than single-component training, but not necessarily more significant effects.

The authors concluded that an age-appropriate, multicomponent training program could promote physical and mental health and improve learning outcomes. Also, these programs would have long-term benefits for the employee.  

 

 

Source: Hüber T, Käser U, Stahlhofen L, Görtner L, Röhr-Sendlmeier U. Evaluation of a multi-component training programme for employees aged 50+. European Journal of Ageing. 2022 Jul 11:1-6.

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