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Aug 16 2019   6:28AM GMT

6 Ways Your Company Can Adapt to an Aging Workforce

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT


In order to successfully run a company, you will need to invest time, money, and effort into all of your employees. Thanks to various medical advances, today’s life expectancy is much higher than it once was. This means that the average employee stays on the job longer. As your staff starts to get older, you will need to make some changes to accommodate them. Here are some of the best ways your business can adapt to an aging workforce.

Change Your Attitude

One of the biggest mistakes most managers and business owners make is that they look at older employees as a burden. Although younger candidates may have more enthusiasm and are willing to learn and work more, your aging workers have something else to offer. Namely, they are more reliable and loyal than younger employees. On top of that, they have years of experience, which means a lot no matter what industry you’re in.

Create a Mobility Friendly Workplace

You shouldn’t allow physical challenges to prevent some of your older workers to work. It’s important to create a mobility friendly workplace and provide employees with the option to move around the office easily even if have certain health problems. With that being said, it’s important that you clear up as much space around the office as much as possible. By doing this, you’ll allow some members of the aging workforce to move around the office with mobility scooters. In fact, you should consider getting mobility scooters for some of your older employees who are facing physical challenges. The great thing about them is that they’re affordable, lightweight, and durable.

Prioritize Education

There’s no denying that some older employees will show resistance to changing processes and behaviors. However, just because they are initially resistant to certain changes doesn’t mean they are unable to adapt. In most cases, they only need a bit of guidance. Technology is constantly changing, and the longer you wait to train your older staff members the harder it will be for them to keep up. If you prioritize education in your firm among your aging workers, they’ll drastically improve their work efficiency and productivity.

Motivate Them

You’ll have to take an individualistic approach when it comes to motivating aging employees. Namely, you should talk to them and find out some of their goals that they were never able to achieve. Keep in mind that they want success as much as your younger staff members. In order to keep them motivated, you’ll have to help them reach new goals.

Create a Safe Workplace

Thanks to recent advances in technology, you’re now able to provide your aging workforce with a safe environment. Make sure you have on-site monitoring to help older employees learn valuable safety skills. You can also offer them in-person therapy sessions. By doing this, they won’t have to leave work early for therapy. Keep in mind that your older workers will likely have to go to doctor’s appointments somewhat often. In case they have certain physical challenges, this may take up a huge portion of their day. To help them save time, you can give telemedicine a try. Telemedicine essentially represents the remove delivery of healthcare services with the help of common technologies like smartphones and video conferencing.

Hire Seasoned Professionals

Since most business owners and managers prefer to hire young employees, this can leave a lot of seasoned professionals without jobs. Instead of being scared to hire aging workers, you should make certain seasoned professionals part of your company. After all, they have a lot of experience and knowledge about the industry. It’s worth noting that any businesses avoid hiring aging workers because they think they’ll have to give them a huge salary due to their experience. Nevertheless, you can negotiate with older candidates and offer them the opportunity to work less for a lower salary.

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