The benefits of an older workforce
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:00
Happy-Older-Workers-300x300It's no secret that the UK workforce is ageing. Over the last 25 years, the declining birth rate, along with the removal of mandatory retirement ages and the rise of state retirement age, has meant our future workforce is likely to be made up of a higher proportion of older workers.
In fact, since 1985 there has been an increase of 1.5 million in people aged over 65. There has been a 50% rise in people aged 50 or over in the UK since the 1950s. And research from EHRC (Equality and Human Rights) shows that most of these people want to continue to work past state retirement age. 
The benefits of an older workforce 

These are positive developments for the country's workplaces: some studies have shown that older workers outperform their younger co-workers in terms of accuracy and output. Their experience and life skills can make them good mentors to younger workers. And it is widely acknowledged by employers that older workers have knowledge, skills and attributes that benefit their business. Recent statistics show that older workers aregenerally less likely to have occupational accidents than the younger workers too. 

Employers and older workers 

So, as an employer, how can you help ensure your valued staff remain in employment? The answer lies in making some simple adjustments when necessary. These adjustments could include flexible working hours, adjustments to compensate for any minor reductions in sight or hearing. An employer should not, however, make the mistake of assuming that some jobs will be too demanding for the older workers. A decision of this kind should be based on an evaluation of the objective risk and the capability of the individual. 

Risk assessments at any age 

Most importantly, risk assessments should be carried out routinely for all workers of all ages. An employer should make considerations for older employees as part of their risk assessment routine. 

Absolute Health and Safety Solutions Ltd provide a simple, clear and easy to use health and safety service, explaining what you need to comply with and how you can achieve this. In fact, Absolute Health and Safety Ltd can give you more business-specific information on risk assessments for workers of all ages. 

For more information contact us on 0845 864 6934.
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