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Employers ‘missing a trick’ by not offering flexibility

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Thu, Dec 6, 2012

Employers are missing a trick by not offering flexibility to older workers says CIPD

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD),  it is in employers' interests to enable older workers to remain in employment for as long as possible, with more than half (56%) of those over the age of 55 planning to remain in work beyond state retirement age.

Dianah Worman, diversity adviser at the CIPD, said: "CIPD research shows that older workers are increasingly looking to extend their working lives, and by 2020 it is predicted that 36% of the working population will be aged over 50.”

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 "As a result, those 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."

 She added: "The business case for older workers is strong and research shows their impact and experience within the organisation enables better customer service, enhanced knowledge retention and can help to address talent and skills shortages. However, despite this, our research found that more than three-quarters (76%) of older workers reported that their employers had not made any reasonable adjustments to help them carry on working.

 "Even though over half (52%) of older workers reported that the impact of ageing has only had a very small impact on their ability to do their job, some small changes to their workload, working hours or even working environment might enable them to remain longer in the workplace and possibly even increase their productivity. Many employers are missing a trick and losing key talent from their organisations by failing to offer flexibility in the workplace."

Could your organisation offer flexible working to your older workers?  We have just published a new paper which you are very welcome to download free of charge. In this paper, we examine the pros and cons of introducing flexible working.  We tell it straight, based on 20 years’ experience in this area, so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not it is right for your older workers, specific departments and/or your organisation in general. Click here to download


Topics: Employee Retention, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working