This blog has been set up to comment on all aspects of age and intergenerational diversity in the workplace.
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I was interviewed on BBC Radio Sussex last week talking about why employers should hire older workers.
According to a recent study by the Resolution Foundation, Unfinished Business: Barriers and Opportunities for Older Workers, the proportion of older jobless people in the UK remaining unemployed for more than a year has risen from 33.2% to 44.5% since 2008.
Viewing BBC1’s two-part programme ‘The town that never retired’ should be made compulsory for all employers and HR professionals.
In the clean and well-rewarded land of management it’s easy to believe that the situation for women at work isn’t really too bad these days and to overlook what’s actually going on at the employment coalface - particularly in respect of older working women.
One of the biggest responsibilities older people must surely have is trying to ensure that those who come behind us learn from our mistakes and benefit from the insights we’ve gained through having lived a greater number of years.
Today when standard mandatory retirement ages are a thing of the past it is more important than ever for employers to understand some of the factors underpinning the retirement decision.
Traditionally society has viewed work and retirement as different, exclusive states. Either you worked or you were retired. Now, as the range of different work to non-work transitions widens we need to alter our fundamental approach.
The co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman with co-author Ben Casnocha have recently produced a thought-provoking new book on how to apply the strategies of successful entrepreneurship to career development. In other words, how to approach your career as “the start up of you”.
A recent article in the New York Times featured the work of ReServe, an innovative nonprofit organisation that links people over 55 with meaningful second careers. As a model for what is needed to address the nature of later life careers for a sector of the UK population ReServe appears to have much to offer.
There’s been a lot in the press in recent weeks about older people working longer. For example, Aviva’s Real Retirement Report found that 68% plan to continue working past the age at which they can draw the state pension.