The benefits of an older and wiser workforce

Having an 'age diverse workforce' not only ensures compliance with soon-to-be-announced laws, but also brings valuable experience and skills to your business.


Having an ‘age diverse workforce’ not only ensures compliance with soon-to-be-announced laws, but also brings valuable experience and skills to your business.

Having an ‘age diverse workforce’ not only ensures compliance with soon-to-be-announced laws, but also brings valuable experience and skills to your business.

This is the message from the Age Positive Group, a newly formed partnership of industry bodies and employer representatives, which has launched the Be Ready campaign to encourage SMEs to start preparing now for legislation scheduled for October 2006.

“This campaign will be particularly helpful to smaller employers who comprise 97% of the UK’s business community and need access to useful information on this subject,” commented Mr Stephen Alambritis, Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the FSB.

Adding his voice to the campaign is BBC TV and Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys: “Employers who ignore the wealth of experience shared by older workers are making a big mistake. They should be grabbing it with both hands.”

One major issue of the campaign is to ensure that employers recruit and select staff objectively, through advertising and interviewing. Demanding unnecessary standards for experience or qualifications may mean discriminating on the grounds of age and reducing your choice of possible candidates.

The campaign aims to illustrate that younger candidates may not have the best computer skills, while older people are not necessarily better management material.

More tips and advice on how to recruit staff from all age groups can be found at www.agepositive.gov.uk, by calling 0845-715 2000 or emailing apg@isky.co.uk.

(15/6/05)

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