Source: Marc Couch
Older workers offer all sorts of benefits to organizations—knowledge, multiple years of experience and a history of hard work. Especially with the talent shortage, it’s important to protect these valuable team members with an employee experience that matches what they need to stay happy and healthy.
Instead of a “one size fits all” approach with workforce health and safety, tremendous benefits can emerge by taking a close look at what an older workforce needs. While you may need to adapt processes, equipment or how the team functions, you’ll also discover long-term wins that will add value to the company.
The first step—analyze your current environment. Have you optimized lighting? Could you improve comfort and productivity by changing the work site design? Have you taken advantage of the latest software applications and hardware? What about ergonomic adjustments, from movement to how a workspace is set up? Do you have valuable employees who are interested in a reduced schedule and would be open to job sharing or a flexible work schedule?
A recent CDC article, Productive Aging and Working, offers some practical ideas for helping an older workforce extend years in the job market. Ideas range from matching tasks to abilities, ergo-friendly environments and aging workforce training for supervisors. In most cases, these changes can be easy to implement with little cost.
While this article offers a great start in helping you create a healthy and safe employee experience for aging workers, there’s nothing better than a fresh set of eyes to help you assess your needs. WorkWell has seen it all—what works, what doesn’t and what can help you protect these important team members. Contact us today.