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NZ’s Age-Demic the future of work. Dr Judy McGregor EEO Commissioner. Context. By 2051 more than a quarter of NZ over 65 Negative working age population by 2041 By 2026 we will need an extra 100,000 people to tread water Profound social and economic consequences. Table 1: Filling the gap?.
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NZ’s Age-Demicthe future of work Dr Judy McGregor EEO Commissioner
Context • By 2051 more than a quarter of NZ over 65 • Negative working age population by 2041 • By 2026 we will need an extra 100,000 people to tread water • Profound social and economic consequences
Banging prejudice • The law and rising tide of challenge • Organisational culture • Personal prejudices • The media
Growing ground of complaint and new assertiveness – too old for the game? Former ABC Broadcaster Anne Sargeant aged 48 dumped on the grounds of age. TVNZ to the rescue.
What do older workers want? Older workers are not all the same • Some will want to retire • Some will want to stay at work • Some will want to re-enter if jobs available • Others will have no choice but to work
Pat Dawson Truancy Officer 80 years
Model of age-proofing your organisation Step 1 Demographic Audit
Step 2 Ensure age on the radar screen throughout the employment cycle
Is the recruitment of older workers a priority? Are policies bias free? Is there a business rationale – customer/client/service? Can mature workers help solve a skills shortage? Recruiting
Specific training and development Equal opportunities for development? Identification of development needs? Development
Do you focus on retention of older workers? Do you have transition thinking? Flexible work for mature employees? Costs of recruitment and retention Retention
Retirement intentions – do you know? Retirement planning? Phased retirement? Institutional knowledge Exit
Step 3 Consult with older workers, clients, customers ACTION