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UK employers unprepared for ageing workforce

There is little evidence of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers, according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas, the employment relations expert.

 

The authors of the research conclude that if the UK economy is to fully benefit from the skills and experience of its older workers, a larger proportion of organisations will need to adopt age management policies and practices which are effectively communicated to their workforces.

Report co-author, Dr Emma Parry, Principal Research Fellow, Cranfield School of Management said:

"Despite anti-age discrimination legislation, stereotypical attitudes about both older and younger workers appear to be both widespread and well embedded. To overcome this, companies need a supportive culture with policies and procedures that focus on supporting and capturing the skills and experience of older workers. And crucially managers need the expertise and knowledge to deliver on these organisational aims."

 

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