How can employers look after their multigenerational workforce?
Oct04

How can employers look after their multigenerational workforce?

Almost half (48%) of those over 50 expect to work beyond the age of 65   More than five million workers over the age of 50 are concerned that health issues will prevent them from prolonging their working lives, Aviva’s latest Real Retirement research reveals. Half (55%) admit to fearing that work will become detrimental to their health or they might not be well enough to keep working, including 13% who say this is already an...

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5.5 million workers ages 50+ fear health concerns will curtail their working lives
Sep19

5.5 million workers ages 50+ fear health concerns will curtail their working lives

More than five million workers over the age of 50 are concerned that health issues will prevent them from prolonging their working lives, Aviva’s latest Real Retirement research reveals. Half (55%) admit to fearing that work will become detrimental to their health or they might not be well enough to keep working, including 13% who say this is already an issue for them.   Fewer than one in five (17%) over-50s workers say they have...

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Work experience boom for older workers
Sep11

Work experience boom for older workers

New figures released by the Department for Work & Pensions show the take up of those in work experience is growing most amongst older workers. 57,000 workers over the age of 50 have benefited from work experience since 2011.     The government-sponsored scheme was introduced in 2011 and was initially seen as a means of boosting the employability of younger workers. Since May 2016, however, the majority of those starting...

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Research finds the age of discontent at work starts at just 35
Aug31

Research finds the age of discontent at work starts at just 35

Under appreciation and stress fuel discontent as employees get older, with happiness at work falling after the age of 35 Research by Happiness Works on behalf of Robert Half UK has revealed that almost one fifth (17%) of people over the age of 55 are unhappy at work. Those in Generation X don’t fare much better with 16% of 35-54 year olds admitting they are also unhappy in their roles. This is double the number of Millennials that...

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4/5 of UK organisations failing to prepare for the ageing workforce
Aug07

4/5 of UK organisations failing to prepare for the ageing workforce

A major study by Capita Resourcing has found that despite the over 50s now forming a third of the UK workforce, 74% of older workers feel that employers aren’t doing enough to recruit them. The Embracing Experience research examined the attitudes of 1,002 workers over the age of 55, as well as 100 senior HR professionals. It reveals that over a third (39%) of older workers have experienced bias towards the younger generation in the...

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Announcement: State Pension age to rise 7 years earlier than planned
Jul19

Announcement: State Pension age to rise 7 years earlier than planned

The Work and Pensions Secretary, David Gawke, has announced that millions of people in their late 30s and early 40s will have to work for an extra year after an official review recommended pushing up the state pension age (SPA) more quickly than previously planned.  The Secretary has previously stated that he believes the “triple lock” is unsustainable. The Cridland report stated that the age for state pensions should rise...

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Older workers can enrich skills – but feel unsupported and disrespected in the workplace
Jun05

Older workers can enrich skills – but feel unsupported and disrespected in the workplace

  40% say employing older workers creates a wider range of skills However, 22% say there is a stigma surrounding older employees More than a third (35%) think older workers are ‘career blockers’ Only 12% think older people are appreciated or respected in the workplace Flexible working (36%) and part-time opportunities (31%) needed to support older workforce Support services are as important as financial benefits for older workers...

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Why the over 50’s should consider delaying retirement
May25

Why the over 50’s should consider delaying retirement

According to the most recent report published in The Lancet, by 2030 average life expectancy in the UK will be 85.3 years old for woman and 82.3 years old for men. For some then, a retirement age of 65 could actually be considered too young to down tools completely. In fact, during the 12 months which followed the abolishment of the Default Retirement Age in October 2011, nearly a quarter of a million more people aged 65 and over...

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As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform
Apr06

As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform

A cross-party Commission of parliamentarians from both Houses has called for a series of reforms to meet the skills, labour and employment challenges of longer working lives. The recommendations set out within the new Skills Commission report on older workers – Spotlight On…Lifelong Learning for an Ageing Workforce – have become especially relevant in light of the findings of two recent reports stating that the State Pension Age will...

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New research reveals AGE seen as the biggest obstacle to career progression in Europe
Mar23

New research reveals AGE seen as the biggest obstacle to career progression in Europe

A fifth of UK workers name age as the biggest factor preventing career progression Age is a particularly common obstacle among older workers (46% of over 55s) Support for career development declines with age European employees feel that age is the biggest factor preventing them from progressing in their career, according to research of nearly 10,000 European working adults by ADP®. A fifth of employees name age as their biggest...

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As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?
Mar22

As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?

An increase in older employees in the workplace, fuelled by both reduced pension pots and a desire to stay active for longer, will mean employers need to prepare to handle an uplift in age-related illnesses and diseases, according to RedArc Nurses. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, over 40,000 people in the UK are living with early onset dementia, meaning that they were diagnosed before the age of 65, and there is evidence...

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‘Marginalised’ older workers feel less appreciated and more stressed than younger colleagues
Mar16

‘Marginalised’ older workers feel less appreciated and more stressed than younger colleagues

New survey of office workers reveals deep divides in today’s multi-generational workplaces Research results also reveal most effective ways for businesses to address these divisions and boost employee wellbeing Older employees are at risk of being marginalised in the workplace according to a new survey of office workers from workplace consultants and office design specialists, Peldon Rose, which reveals big differences in the...

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CIPD: Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’
Feb28

CIPD: Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’

Older workers (55+) in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. In a survey of more than 1,600 UK employees, more than a third (37%) of all workers believe they will have to work past the widely accepted retirement age of 65, a figure which jumps to 49% among workers over 55 years old. Among those who...

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Why ‘Bridging’ jobs could make retirement happier, research finds
Feb14

Why ‘Bridging’ jobs could make retirement happier, research finds

Employers should support older workers to ‘wind-down’ into retirement with bridging jobs or reduce their working hours to avoid poor wellbeing, a new international study reveals. The study, that looked at all existing research, showed part-time working towards the end of our careers improves life satisfaction. However, the research highlights that this depends on whether employees had control over when they retired, rather than being...

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Government calls for 12% more older workers by 2022
Feb09

Government calls for 12% more older workers by 2022

The Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, Andy Briggs, has announced that employers should increase the number of older people in the UK workforce by one million over the next five years. He said that this would address the widening skills gap, tackle age bias in work and enable people to stay in work longer, and asked every UK employer to increase the number of workers aged 50-69 in the UK by 12% by 2022. The target is...

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