“ Thought provoking and stimulating session – a welcome addition to my workload ”
Chris talked about a ‘sleeping tiger’ – why our society is ageing and the impact this is having on business now and in the future. He highlighted a number of issues, including the fact that one in three workers will be over 50 by 2020, and that, according to a survey conducted by CIPOD in 2010, more than 50% of workers aged over 55 are planning to continue working beyond the state pension age.
Some of the key issues raised by employers were:
How to manage the physical abilities of an older workforce,
How employees cope with geographical distance for handling caring issues,
Employers don’t always know their own workforce demographics,
Lack of caring networks and support in the workplace,
Employee engagement - being more open about the issues employees face and support given to help them take ownership.
“ This was a really useful opportunity to look at the ageing workforce issues and enabled open discussions with other organisations. ”
Zoe Cross, Health Improvement Advisor for Workplaces from Cambridge County Council then gave a presentation about what support and training through ’WorkHealthy Cambridgeshire’,which included the free offer of both workplace champion and mental wellbeing training, which are available to employers to help them manage and maintain a healthy workforce.