A brand new eBook catalogues last year’s National Older Workers Week events, with a focus on action.
WM People website workingwise.co.uk has published a brand new eBook featuring the outcomes of its second National Older Workers Week. The Week highlighted best practice for older workers the workingwise Top Employer Charter, where employers can commit to taking specific actions for this group.
The eBook comes amid greater focus on what employers can do to attract and retain older workers, given concerns about high rates of older people leaving the workforce during the pandemic. The Government is said to be looking at several ways to attract older workers back and boost retention. Last year it announced action on midlife MOTs at Jobcentres and a trial with private sector employers in three areas, as well as a digital review tool. It is also reported to be considering everything from benefits changes to tax breaks.
Labour has said it will modernise job centres, reform employment support services to ensure support is tailored to older workers and change the social security system to help people overcome barriers to work. It may also embed career advisers in health services, including addiction clinics, rehab centres and primary care.
National Older Workers Week, held in November and sponsored by Phoenix Group, featured four events, three for employers and one for candidates. The eBook focuses on the employer events.
They include Older Workers: Challenges & Insights, an in depth review by a panel of experts into the findings from workingwise.co.uk’s latest survey. The survey, which was sponsored by Santander Consumer Finance, covered everything from older workers’ experience of the recruitment process, perceived ageism in the process, attitudes and experience of changing jobs, attitudes to flexible working, retirement plans, whether what older workers are looking for in a job has changed over the years, caring responsibilities and health issues.
Another event was Creating an age inclusive workplace and featured expert advice on best practice when it comes to everything from midlife MOTs and the menopause to age diverse recruitment and retention.
And the final event was Older Workers: The Action Plan which focused on key learnings from National Older Workers Week, how employers can commit to taking action on age diversity and specific actions employers can take from recruitment to developing an age-inclusive culture, backed by the launch of the Action Plan Toolkit.
The 2023 National Older Workers Week will take place from 20th-24th November.
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