How are you keeping an Aging Workforce Healthy?

September 13, 2013 Deb Broderson

It’s Friday and it’s been a long week.  It got me started thinking that we should talk about the HR challenges that confront you every day, throughout our day and the strategies we use to cope, manage and (hopefully) resolve and/or mediate those challenges.  As a HR professional you are constantly proving the value of your organization.  Over the years the role of the HR team has morphed to focus on many business issues,  including how their organization can retain and train the workforce.  HR organizations are now assessing not just HRIS systems,  but how technology should be integrated into business processes that not only address immediate challenges,  but also prepare their organizations for the future.

So, for Part 1 of this series, my question is,

How are you keeping an aging workforce healthy?

There is no doubt about it.  Our population is aging,  and so is the workforce.  In 2011 the first of the Baby Boomers turned 65 and according to the Washington Post, while the number of jobs in the US shrank, workers aged 55 and up now make up the more of the employed workforce.  Why is it important to keep this population group productive?  Because these workers have the skills, experience, work ethics and historical knowledge of your business.  And,  current projections show that by 2030 one in four workers will be over age 55.  These facts, mean that HR organizations now need to help an aging population group stay healthy so that they can remain productive.

Addressing the challenges ahead means being prepared to examine the workplace.  With an aging workforce, your organization will be addressing:

  • Employment disability and age discrimination trainingHR Challenges
  • Facilitating the retention of these valuable employees through accommodations
  • Recognition of the importance of workplace culture, social capital, and employee engagement

A good corporate wellness program can help you integrate training, recognition, safety and wellness under one umbrella.  This type of integrated approach can help ensure that:

  • A safe work-environment minimizes accidents and teaches the aging workforce how to be safer at work
  • The workforce has both the training and incentives to eat healthy,  control their weight, exercise regularly, etc.

Being proactive in your approach will ultimately save you time and money and will proactively address HR challenges. 

Tell us,  what are you doing?

About the Author

Deb Broderson

Deb Broderson comes to Perks with 30 years of diverse experience leading channel marketing, marketing operations and program management teams within the technology industry. Deb has provided strategic direction to Fortune 500 clients, developed and executed global, multi-channel, go-to-market strategies and created worldwide field marketing organizations. Deb has worked on both the agency and client-side of the business, providing a well-rounded perspective to client challenges. Deb was honored as one of the Top 50 Channel Chiefs in North America by CRN.

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