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UK employers unprepared for ageing workforce

There is little evidence of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas.

The authors of the research paper “The Employment Relations Challenges of an Ageing Workforce” highlight that one of the most dynamic changes currently occurring in the workplace is the increasing number of older workers. Health, economic, social and legislative changes are contributing to this trend, which is set to present one of the biggest employee relations challenges over the forthcoming decade. The report concludes that if the UK economy is to fully benefit from the skills and experience of its older workers, a larger proportion of organisations will need to adopt age management policies and practices which are effectively communicated to their workforces. Despite anti-age discrimination legislation, stereotypical attitudes about both older and younger workers appear to be both widespread and well embedded.

The Employment Team is running a free breakfast seminar on 26 April 2012 on Managing an Ageing Workforce, which also includes a review of the recent CIPD guidance on managing a ‘healthy’ ageing workforce. You can book your place by emailing Melissa McNulty.

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