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Ageing workforce will required business flexibility, CIPD says

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)'s diversity adviser claims that businesses are 'missing a trick' if they fail to offer flexibility to older workers, personneltoday.com writes.

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)'s diversity adviser claims that businesses are 'missing a trick' if they fail to offer flexibility to older workers, personneltoday.com writes. With an increasing number of people accepting that they will need to work past state retirement age, the UK needs to prepare itself for an ageing workforce. Latest statistics reveal that by 2020, over a third of the working population will be 50 plus. Dianah Worman, speaking to the House of Lords' Public Service and Demographic Change Select Committee, said: "Businesses that are proactive in addressing the challenges of an ageing workforce will gain a significant competitive edge, both in terms of recruiting and retaining talent, but also through supporting the wellbeing and engagement of employees of all ages." As such, it's important that businesses take the steps necessary to help older people stay in employment. This includes providing benefits that would suit them - childcare vouchers probably won't appeal to this demographic - and offering them the opportunity to work more flexibly. Those with mobility limitations may prefer to work at home, perhaps from garden rooms that could be transformed part-time into an office. By allowing the option of working from alternative locations and at hours that better suit their needs, telapplinat.com writes, older workers will be far more likely to remain in a role, providing years' worth of knowledge and skill to the next generations.

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

7th December 2012