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It’s Age Inclusivity Month! We’ll be using the time to think about the barriers and great ideas behind successfully bringing people of mixed ages together in the workplace.
There’s serious reasoning behind it. The population is ageing and half of all adults in the UK will be over 50 years old by 2030. This will impact on how we work, how we search for work, and the types of job we do. It’s already happening. Companies are enjoying a more age-diverse workforce than ever before, with great-grandfathers to new graduates working side by side. Search here for jobs that reflect the future.
There will be a predicted skills gap of around 7.5 million persons in the UK economy in the near future, say researchers. That means employers will be working even harder to keep their older and existing employees. Making the effort to support staff, old and new, has a number of benefits for business managers. These include higher employee loyalty and improved productivity.
Other workplace advantages to this change (when thinking in an age-inclusive way) benefit younger and early career professionals. They can enjoy the training and development that comes from working alongside seasoned professionals, benefitting their own careers. Fresh faces and new blood coming in will also support a company in adapting to emerging problems. And diversify their potential recruitment and client base. All of these are great for jobs and industry growth.
Tips for finding an age-inclusive company
If you want to find a supportive age-inclusive employer:
Age discrimination legislation
A combination of legislation changes and shifts in working practices has changed recruitment for companies in the UK. Once upon a time workers moved their way rigidly up the career ladder as their experience (and so their age) grew. On retirement, the next person on the career ladder replaced them.
Today, things have changed. Blind recruitment practices, and changing attitudes, mean some firms have embraced age-inclusivity. If you’re interested in looking past the same old job search to find your next great employer, search with us. Thousands of professional jobs are currently available in our job search database.
Tips for age-inclusive workplace policies
This unavoidable population change can be well-managed by sensitive and thoughtful employers. Well-designed policies and initiatives can:
Advice on age-inclusivity policies
Policies that deliver on this could offer:
Want to be seen as an employer that considers more than just productivity? Find out more about how the diversity and inclusion experts at VERCIDA can help.