Occupational health, safety and wellbeing

The ageing workforce

An age-aware organisation will want to consider the following steps, as detailed on page 11 of the ageing workforce organisation readiness checklists.

The ageing workforce checklist has been designed to assess an organisation's readiness, awareness and preparation for the opportunities and challenges an ageing workforce might bring. In each section, there are a number of indicators of good practice. Use these to assess your current performance and action plan for the future.

Age-aware organisations will already have knowledge of the benefits described within various health and wellbeing reports, such as the Boorman report, and will want to consider their occupational health response in light of the ageing workforce.


An age-aware organisation:

allows all staff to self-refer to occupational health and counselling/employee assistance programme services where possible
offers an occupational health service that supports preventative health education and well-person services and encourages staff to take advantage of these services
is equipped to support an increasing number of staff with chronic disease and has fast-track early intervention services such as physiotherapy and counselling available to all
promotes effective health and wellbeing strategies with initiatives targeted at different age groups of staff where data suggests this will be beneficial
monitors uptake of all occupational health services and initiatives by age and takes remedial action if necessary to ensure equity of access and service provision.

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