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Is your ageing workforce your 'Sleeping Tiger?'

On July 15 2014 over 30 delegates heard from wellbeing experts about supporting an ageing workforce at the BITC led Employee Wellbeing Practitioner event in Kings Langley Hertfordshire.

Workplaces were made aware of the worlds ageing demographics which will massively impact how business and society adapts to the changing needs and lifestyles of employees and their families. Delegates were told that within the next ten years 47% of the UK working age population will be aged 50+ and it was suggested that forward thinking businesses need to examine and address these impacts now.

Chris Minett, of Ageing Works and founder of the social impact business “Action for Ageing” and The Positive Ageing Company – challenged organisations on their understanding of an ageing workforce and looked at common myths around ageing issues. Chris shared some workplace case studies, looked at how the workforce was impacted by personal and/or family issues and introduced the concept of an organisations ’Sleeping Tiger’.

Delegates had a facilitated breakout sessions looking at the problems caused - for employers - for employees, its impact on the business and its impact on the bottom line. Delegates heard about good practice examples from BMW and B&Q to understand better how to support their ageing workforce as well as getting a better understanding of the ROI to the business.

Delegate feedback

"Really good to explore the ‘Sleeping Tiger’ concept – taking back really good thoughts and actions to the workplace"
Hertfordshire Constabulary delegate

"Great event that highlighted some of the key issues of an ageing workforce and direction to get help"
Rothamstead Research delegate

"The session helped bring real issues to life from an individual and business perspective"
Affinity Water delegate

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