Age-friendly workplaces urged
Irish workplaces need to become more accommodating for the increasing number of workers aged over 65, according to a new study. The Dublin City University report, Living longer, learning longer – working longer? Implications for new workforce dynamics, also says greater flexibility in employment terms are needed to retain older workers.
The report highlights the rising age-profile of the workforce due to the increased mandatory pension age in the public service to 70, and planned increases to the state pension age.
It says offices and workplaces may need to be redesigned to accommodate an ageing workforce. It recommends introducing physical changes like magnifying glasses to reduce eye-strain and height set tables and chairs, as well physio developed stretching exercises.
The report adds that changes can lead to an increase in productivity, and lower levels of absenteeism in workforces with a higher age-profile.
Read the report here (via The Irish Times).