It’s national Men’s Health Week this week. Did you know? We wanted to bring it to your attention, because we meet a lot of men in the pre-retirement zone who attend our Envisage seminars. And the health statistics for men post retirement are significantly worse than those for women; particularly for men who retire early.
A 2005 study found that retiring at age 55 was associated with an almost two-fold greater risk of dying compared with employees who postponed retirement until their 60s.
Gender made a difference. The risk of dying early was 80% greater for men than for women, the researchers said.
The study doesn’t say, but we would hazard a guess that many people who retire early haven’t really planned for their future. They may also be retiring early because of poor health. Does this relate to you? Or someone in your circle of friends, family and colleagues?
In any case, men’s health really matters. Your health, the health of your father, your partner, your son, your brother will have a profound impact on decisions they make about the future. Can you take some time now to focus on men’s health? Here are three links to help you along the way:
- Man Therapy ( a new site from Beyond Blue) It’s serious fun. No doubt you’ll meet some men in your life on their website.
- Men’s Health Week - with loads of articles and resources
- Envisage – free resources for people in career transition or pre-retirement
Happy Men’s Health Week to you!
We are thrilled to welcome the first 14 Corporate Champions who will be working with Sageco over the next 18 months. At its heart, the Corporate Champions program is a catalyst to encourage the recruitment and retention of mature age people. As we take the Corporate Champions journey with these employers (and others) our hope is that it will strengthen positive age-management practices in workplaces throughout Australia. We look forward to sharing some success stories with you!
- Coca Cola Amatil
- National Australia Bank
- Australian Catholic University
- BAE Systems Australia
- Parliament of NSW
- Amcor Australia
- KU Children’s Services
- Mercy Health
- QBE Insurance
- Bega Valley Shire Council
- Benetas (Anglican Aged Care Services Group)
If your organisation would like to participate in the Corporate Champions program and receive $20 000 of goods and services over 18 months towards strategies and pilots for the recruitment and retention of older workers, contact us.
And something quirky to end? Kudos to the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association for their initiative to keep the mastery of apiarists alive. Here’s to a few more generations of honey.
Sageco was particularly chuffed to work with Diversity Council Australia on their recent research report – Why Older Women matter – launched last Thursday in Melbourne.
What we particularly love about this report is that it is a framework for action. As Kate McCormack, Mercy Health’s Executive Director of People, Learning and Culture said on the panel,
“This is a blueprint for your organisation. The hard work is done.”
The research generated a framework for action to assist organisations to attract, engage and retain older female workers, as well as to structure effective transitions into retirement.
The seven key enablers are:
- Source talent: tap into older femal talent
- Career and capabilities: Leverage older women’s ambition
- Cultivate culture: value older female workers
- Get flexible: Focus on flexibility for older female workers
- Invest in health and wellbeing: Work with older women’s wellbeing
- Focus on finances: Support older women’s financial independence
- Tailor transitions: Enable creative futures for older female workers
You can read an executive summary of the report or if you’re a DCA member, you can download a copy. We will unpack some of these enablers in future blogs.
This report is a call to action, and if you’d like some assistance for the next steps, then you should consider the Corporate Champion’s program. Sageco is a provider of the Corporate Champions program for organisations with 200+ employees. The Federal Government will fund $20 000 over 18 months for the following activities:
Contact Sageco for an application form.
Just over two years ago we embarked on our first ever online course adventure. We wrestled with how to take the half day, high impact, colourful, engaging Envisage seminar for older workers and successfully translate it to an online experience. The reaction from even within our own ranks wasn’t always confident.
- “I think the online participants will lose out.”
- “I’m not sure this is what older workers want.”
- “It just won’t be the same’.
But we are solutions focused. And we had organisations that needed an economic solution for their geographically dispersed workforce. Envisage Online was born in November 2011 and 18 months later we have some compelling data that surprises even the true believers amongst us. Envisage is a catalyst for taking action. It supports participants to take action on their goals for the future. We always run impact surveys between 6 – 12 weeks after the program. Here’s the data from those surveys:
After completing the Envisage program, I have (planned to or completed)…..
|1. Organised an individual financial planning consultation.||67%||59%|
|2. Undertaken a health check.||82%||89%|
|3. Developed my own flexible work proposal and/or spoken to others in the organization about flexible work options or a transition to retirement plan.||45%||25%|
|4. Implemented my own flexible work arrangement e.g. working from home, reduced hours, accessed additional leave.||35%||24%|
|5. Held a conversation regarding my future work/life/retirement plans with significant others e.g. my partner, family, friends, colleagues.||86%||74%|
|6. Developed a personal action plan to achieve my goals for the future.||70%||69%|
|7. Had a conversation with my manager/people leader/team leader to discuss my goals for the future.||47%||21%|
|8. Taken initial steps to transfer my knowledge to others and/or spoken to others in the organization about intentional knowledge transfer.||58%||28%|
What does this data tell us?
- Envisage creates results. Many participants take action about their future as a result of participating in a seminar or online.
- In the focus areas of health, finances and planning the future, there is 8% or less difference between face-to-face and online.
- Well over two thirds of Envisage participants have conversations about their future with significant others after completing the course.
- If one of your ageing workforce strategies is to support mature workers to make decisions about work and retirement, then Envisage OnlineEnvisage Online will get you a long way down the track.
- If you want to increase engagement around flexible working options, knowledge transfer and manager / older worker conversations, then you will also need the Envisage seminar for greater impact.
Book now for your Envisage Online pilot
In the spirit of Envisage, take action now. All you need to do is sign up for an Envisage Online pilot before Thursday 13 June 2013 and you are on your way.
- Up to 50 participants from one organisation
- Each participant gets three months access to Envisage Online via a web browser – at work or home.
- Includes full implementation and communication support for organisation representative and an impact report on completion.
Envisage Online deal = $ 1800 + GST
For as little as $36 per person, you can create a productive and positive impact for your older workers.
Please note that this offer does not include journals, webinars or seminars. It is for participation in Envisage Online only.
Book now! Or call 1300 72 4343 for this end of financial year offer.
Here’s what recent Envisage participants have said:
“I think it is a practical wake up call to take things in hand and start some planning for retirement. Sometimes you can be paralysed by thinking you have left things too late but when you start to change things you find that you haven’t. I often read the money section of the Age newspaper but never acted on any advice from that. I have acted on recommendations from Envisage.”
Mercy Health participant
“I found the program to be very encouraging and feel more optimistic about the future as a consequence.”
“I found that I need to think outside the square about my future – not only with work commitments.”
View this overview of Envisage Online for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.
We’ve been resourcing and researching age management for over ten years now. We’re always on the look out for comprehensive and compelling stuff to support practitioners. If you’re just starting the age management journey or you’ve been treading the boards for some time, these three sites might be just the thing to spur you on.
1 Do you know what a ‘downager’ is?
McCrindle Research’s latest collation of research around older workers in Australia looks at older workers, downagers, and redefining retirement. It features concise statistical evidence to challenge the notion and perceptions of ‘age’. Age is a relative concept and what was once ‘old’ is maybe not so old in these times.
2 Engaging and retaining older workers
You may have missed this excellent paper from AIM Qld. Very practical and sound research.
3 Success stories from Europe
We’ve long been fans of the Eurofound website. Dig around for innovative case studies across a wide range of cultures and industries.
It’s one thing to read all about it – but quite another to actually do something. If you are an employer with over 200 employees in Australia, why not apply for the Experience Plus Corporate Champions program and receive up to $20 000 worth of assistance with managing your ageing workforce. Contact Sageco to find out more.