A mature attitude towards the workforce
Many businesses employ a workforce that spans every feasible working age group. This can result in a varied and highly valuable experience dynamic, whereby the younger employees may on balance be more familiar with high-tech disciplines such as those related to IT (for example online business networking, computer-based remote diagnostics, e-commerce/Internet sales and marketing etc.), while the more mature staff may have a greater grasp of traditional trade skills (although one must of course not over-generalise). The main point is that workers of all ages have an important role to play in the modern workforce, and the more senior members of the team should not only be recognised as important and valued assets within the business, but also be suitably looked after to ensure they can go about their tasks in the most convenient and efficient fashion possible.
Growing numbers of employers are adapting their premises in order to accommodate an ageing workforce and this is a trend that is set to grow significantly over the coming years, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby. One in four UK workers is now aged over 50 and by 2030 the number of people in the UK who are over the age of 65 is expected to have risen by 50 per cent. In addition, the number of people over the age of 85 will have doubled. This recently resulted in futurologist Rohit Talwar, who helps businesses look at how the world will look in the future, predicting that children born today could work until they are 100, and live to be 120.
Dominic Slingsby, operations director at Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries, commented: “Older workers can bring a lot of benefits into the workplace and as the population ages, it stands to reason that people will continue to work for longer. However, it’s often necessary for employers to adapt their premises or buy specific products and equipment in order to accommodate older workers and they may need to ensure their health & safety policies and risk assessments are relevant to these workers. Although assumptions shouldn’t be made about workers’ capabilities solely because of their age, it is important to consider every individual’s physical capabilities, as well as any mobility issues, in relation to their job role.”
Dominic Slingsby added that obvious areas where the company has seen many organisations investing include furniture and chairs, which might be designed to be ergonomic and offer high levels of support. In addition, he explains that safety footwear can become even more important for older workers in order to reduce the risks of slips and trips as far as possible. The company also sells specialist handling equipment that is specifically designed so that it requires very little effort from the operator.
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