Older workers can help you overcome business challenges
According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), “it is not ‘risky’ to give mature age workers more opportunities – it is risky if we don’t!”.1
Older workers tend to have a good work ethic, networks, interests and industry knowledge. They bring work and life experience and skills that add value and support organisations.2
The ACCI1 urges businesses to recognise the ways that older workers can help them overcome challenges associated with:
- a shrinking workforce
- skills shortages
- succession planning
- loss of corporate knowledge.
It also highlights the considerable benefits of tapping into older people’s networks and external interests.1 These may be more developed or extensive than those of younger workers, or they may simply be different. Either way, they can increase your organisation’s reach.
The Australian Government has made a video of a very satisfied employer. Colin Johns, Managing Director of Transformer Services, talks about hiring a mature age employee through the jobactive Restart programme. jobactive provided training to this employee, who Colin says is very loyal, keen and a good trainer for younger staff.