An online toolkit for employers: National Seniors Australia

Dr Ruth Williams, Research Fellow, National Seniors Australia will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

Age management: an online toolkit for employers

Governments are increasingly encouraging greater involvement of mature age people in the labour force to ensure the skills and experience of this cohort are fully utilised and to assist the economy to adapt to demographic change.

For employers, implementation of strategies that attract and retain mature age workers can be vital in strengthening mature age participation in the labour force, especially of people who have been unemployed for extended periods of time. Many employers have responded, requesting practical advice to assist in the implementation of sound age management initiatives to help avoid the premature permanent exit of mature age employees from the labour market. However, as there are many differences between employers, employees and across various sectors, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution.

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre has developed the Age Management Online Toolkit, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ of comprehensive and practical information for employers, supervisors, managers and HR professionals, to successfully initiate, implement and evaluate effective age management strategies.

At the organisational level, age management encompasses multi-dimensioned Human Resources strategies such as recruitment, retention, flexible work options, career advancement opportunities, training and lifelong learning, job redesign/rotation/redeployment, abolishing age discrimination, culture change and knowledge capture/transfer. Importantly, the toolkit is designed for employers to tailor the best age management initiatives according to unique strategic goals, size of organisation and workforce age profile.

The toolkit is structured into three main categories: step sustainable approach.

It provides evidence-based information, links to reputable resources, guidelines and good practice examples sourced from a wide range of leading national and international agencies and expert bodies.

Overall, the Age Management Online Toolkit assists employers to break down barriers and strengthen enablers to mature age employment in a proactive and engaging way.

About the presenter

Dr Ruth Williams is a Research Fellow at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, where she is a researcher and analyst in the field of social gerontology, with a particular focus on the relationship between age and the labour market.

She has managed research exploring the experiences, meaning and importance of older worker’s work-life transitions, employer attitudes towards older workers, and workplace policy affecting mature age employees. She has also worked in collaboration with a number of industry partners and organisational case studies from domestic and international government, university and private sectors to identify and implement strategies to maximise the benefits of an ageing workforce.

Mature age employment

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 3-4 streams on long term unemployment issues. Register or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.