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Employers need to manage older workers better

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a new survey demonstrating that older workers are often neglected when it comes to training and performance management. It highlights the need for employers to ensure they are managing the performance of all employees effectively, particularly before the final phase out of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

The Employee Outlook: Focus on an Ageing Workforce survey of 2,000 employees finds that just 46% of those aged 65 and over report they have had a formal performance appraisal either once a year or more frequently, compared to 65% of all employees. In all, 44% of employees aged 65 and above have not had a formal performance appraisal in the last two years or never, compared to a survey average of 27%. Older workers are also much less likely than younger workers to have received training, with 51% of those aged over 65 saying they had received no training in the last three years or never, compared to 32% across all age groups.

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