Archive for June, 2012
Sometimes we just use this blog to let you know about ‘stuff’ that may support your work in ageing workforce management. Here are five snippets for you to take on board.
- Baker McKenzie are hosting a lunch entitled “Workforce Management to increase Adaptability for Organisational Change and Career Transition”. Sageco are the guest speakers along with a couple of organisations who have been proactive in career management. Thursday 19 July at 12 noon in the Sydney CBD. If you would like to attend, contact us. Seats are limited.
- Check out the recent comprehensive research from the office of the Age Discrimination Commissioner – Working past our 60s: Reforming laws and policies for the older worker. An excellent foundation for your age management plan.
- In a similar vein, Diversity Council of Australia have provided a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Issues Paper: Grey Areas – Age Barriers to Work in Commonwealth Laws
- Alison is chairing a two day conference - Retaining an ageing workforce in September. There is an excellent line up of speakers. Another good opportunity to get insights for your age management plan.
- And we’re just thrilled to get this sort of feedback from participants in Envisage Online:
I think it is a practical wake up call to take things in hand and start some planning for retirement. Sometimes you can be paralyzed 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.
We are on the cusp of a vastly changing demographic, and it is now necessary for older workers to remain in the workforce to support Australia’s society and economy.
This quote comes from the conclusion of Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan’s report “Working past our 60s: Reforming laws and policies for the older worker‘ – released yesterday. It’s a comprehensive report that tackles some of the long held elephants in the room that have proved to be showstoppers for workers who want to continue working. But as Mark Butler, Federal Minister for the Ageing said in a CEDA SA address today, the government can only do so much.
The other half of this story is about employers changing work practices, redesigning roles and providing support for their existing and future mature employees to participate productively and positively. Don’t be overwhelmed by this. We think change starts with small steps – even tweaks. (Programs like Envisage for example!) But nothing will change and you will go over the demographic cliff if you don’t provide interventions now.
What can you do differently to ensure you retain and attract mature workers who want to work past their 60s?