From HR policies to office furniture, the workplace faces the challenge of adapting to support employees in their 60s and beyond as well as its Millennial workers, despite the different expectations and priorities of different generations. “Offices can provide gyms, but are older workers really comfortable going into a gym playing hip-hop music? They’re often directed at the younger workforce,” Symes says. There is already pressure on employers to ensure they’re meeting the needs of older workers. Back in 2011, the UK Parliament issued a public policy briefing stating that employers will be expected to make work more attractive and feasible for older workers, enabling them to work up to and beyond State Pension Age if they are capable. Planning ahead. The need to cater for older workers isn’t something that companies can add to a future to-do list. Making workplace adaptations to cater for an older generation of workers is increasingly being viewed as an important way of retaining and attracting talent. Only seven million new young people will enter the workforce over the same period, creating a significant skills gap across the UK labour market, according to the Work Foundation.
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