Challenging Times: Developing Workplaces for Sustainable Work and Retaining an Ageing Workforce06-Jul-2016
By 2030 the number of people aged 55 or over in high-income countries will grow to 500 million. The benefits to individuals, businesses and the economy of retaining older, experienced people in work are increasingly evident, becoming a key concern for EU and national policymakers as well as many employers.
Until now policymakers have sought to retain older people in employment by raising the retirement age and, in some countries, by legislating against age discrimination in the workplace. At the same time, many employers and pension funds have reduced retirement benefits, especially during the recession. Such measures have made an impact but they also ignore the nature of work itself. Experience shows that forcing older people to remain in unsatisfying jobs, or to remain in jobs that they are no longer able to perform, is not the best solution for anyone involved.
Workage is a three year EU-funded project led by Nottingham Trent University and Workplace Innovation Limited. It tests the proposition that the engagement and retention of employees aged 50+ will be improved by creating workplaces in which people of all ages exercise more discretion in their day-to-day tasks, share ideas for improvement and innovation, and help shape the decisions that affect their work. There is long-established evidence that health, job satisfaction and engagement are enhanced when employees are empowered and respected at work. Workage suggests that these factors also influence the retirement decisions of older workers.
Workage is organising two interactive conferences designed to share finding from its work and that of other key partners and stakeholders.
In London on 13th September over 100 representatives from public policy, employers’ organisations, trade unions, NGOs and universities will explore new perspectives on developing workplaces that can foster sustainable work for an increasingly ageing workforce, including new findings from the Workage project’s action research-based interventions in two UK workplaces.
In Brussels on 29th September a conference organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Eurofound and Workage will bring together up to 70 representatives from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations to explore new findings from Eurofound’s Sustainable Work Report and outcomes from the Workage project, as well as drawing on the EESC’s work and experience in this area.
The aim of both events is for participants to take away fresh insights and new perspectives on the practical actions required to engage and retain Europe’s ageing workforce and make work more sustainable throughout the life course.
To book your place at either event, click on the links above or please contact:
Kelly Start: [email protected] / +44 (0)115 848 8126