Healthy Workplaces

The ‘Healthy Workplaces’ Group helps employers to improve the health and productivity of their ageing workforces. Achieving real progress in this area would significantly support the health and wellbeing of older people both in the short term and well into later life. The group comprises a range of organisations from the business community, voluntary sector and Government, bringing together expertise on age, health and employment.

A Message from the Chair

Denise Keating Chief Executive Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

Denise Keating Chief Executive Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

It has been a real pleasure to lead this work because of the commitment of the group’s members and the potential it offers for improving the lives of older people in the workplace.

We have developed a Healthy & Productive Workers Leaflet for small and medium employers which is drawn from a comprehensive Employer Business Case supported by an on-line Resources Pack providing employers with practical solutions for managing a healthy productive ageing workforce. These are being promoted widely throughout 2013 to employers nationally, locally and by business sector.

Current Focus

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People are living longer and the group’s aim is to ensure employers adapt successfully to the fundamental long-term changes that this will bring to society and the workplace. By 2024 half the adult population and a third of the workforce will be aged over 50; and caring for younger and older dependents is becoming an increasing feature of our society and our working lives.

To remain competitive employers need to attract and retain workers of all ages, younger and older, to ensure a skilled and experienced, productive workforce. Those employers who do not, risk higher costs through increased absenteeism, lowered job performance and premature loss of expertise.

The Healthy Workplaces Group has uniquely brought together in one place some of the key and simplest tools employers need to improve the health and productivity of their ageing workforces and reduce costs. This can significantly help to improve the well-being of older people both in the workplace and well into their later lives

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EngAgeNet’s comprehensive new publication: ‘A New Narrative on Ageing’

Member Resource

Negative portrayals of older people are commonplace: the media is largely preoccupied with the assumed cost of ageing, reinforcing a view that older people are dead weight in society - non-productive beneficiaries of state largesse; at the same time, however, they are perceived as well off, and in the eyes of some social commentators responsible for both the housing crisis and youth unemployment.  Like any group outside the social mainstream, older people are routinely stereotyped and are the subject of many false assumptions and untruths.

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Best Practice in Workplace Healthy Ageing

Alliance member, ‘PROGRESS Towards Healthy Ageing’ was presented at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference on 5th March 2014 in Birmingham. The Project was featured during the session entitled ‘Fitness and Health Promotion’ and attended by over 240 people. The presentation was led by Rosa Juarez, Project Manager of the PROGRESS Project and began […]