Do you know how to adapt to an older workplace?


With the population of Western Australia getting older, how do you meet the needs of an ageing workforce?

It is no secret that there is a growing number of older people in the workforce. With the cost of living increasing, people are having to work longer to ensure they have enough money to survive retirement. This creates an older workforce with fewer job opportunities for the younger generation. It also means that the workforce needs to adapt to ageing workers.

How do you accommodate older employees?

As employees stay in the workforce into their 70s, it is important to ensure that health and safety requirements are up to standard. Office bound positions could increase the decline in eyesight through staring at a computer screen and restrict mobility if sitting all day. Encouraging short breaks from the computer screen could help prevent eyesight deterioration, and introducing sit-stand desks could prevent other workplace injuries.

What do you do when it is time to move on?

It can be difficult to know how to approach the topic of retirement with employees. Employees born after 1 January 1957 are eligible for retirement from age 67 onwards, and may be happy to stop working once they hit this age. If not, it is important to have an open dialogue with your employees about what they may require for continuing work with your company. Being flexible and open to all suggestions is a must. If you have options such as working from home or changing the position from full-time to part-time, it is worth considering these when moving forward with any older employees.

Employee mentoring programs could also be hugely beneficial to your company. By pairing an older employee with a new or younger employee, a wealth of knowledge could be shared, sparking new ideas and encouraging the continual development of all employees involved.


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