Challenging Times: Developing Workplaces for Sustainable Work and Retaining an Ageing Workforce

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This interactive conference will bring together over 100 representatives from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations to explore new perspectives on developing workplaces that can foster sustainable work for an increasingly ageing workforce.

  • From: Tuesday 13 September 2016, 12 am
  • To: Tuesday 13 September 2016, 12 am
  • Location: Altitude 360, Millbank Tower, 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4RS
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 12 September 2017, 12.00 am

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By 2030 the number of people aged 55 or over in high-income countries will grow to 500 million (PWC). As part of this, employment rates, productivity, and sustainable work are key concerns for policy-makers and employers. Understanding the challenges of an ageing workforce is even more important in the current economically and uncertain times that UK businesses are facing. However, the ageing workforce may also present opportunities for policy makers and employers. The Fuller Working Lives: A Framework for Action document outlines "the benefits to individuals, business and the economy as a whole of people aged over 50 staying in work", whereas PwC reports that the ageing workforce offers a "potential $2.6 trillion prize" to businesses.

So far, policy on developing sustainable work and retaining an increasingly ageing workforce has focused on raising the retirement age and reducing retirement benefits. Although such measures can make an impact, they ignore the nature of work and the influence of the workplace itself. The importance of the workplace for supporting sustainable and productive work for UK businesses as a whole and the ageing workforce has been neglected.

This interactive conference will bring together over 100 representatives from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations to explore new perspectives on developing workplaces that can foster sustainable work for an increasingly ageing workforce. It will explore findings from the Workage project, led by Nottingham Trent University with Workplace Innovation Ltd, and related research on the ageing population and implications for practice and policy. It will examine how workplace innovation practices may be a key to developing sustainable work. Participants will take away important new insights on the conditions needed to develop sustainable workplaces and how businesses can foster active working among the UK's ageing workforce.

This event is free to attend and includes lunch. 

For more information on this event, please contact the event organiser Kelly Start, via email or by calling +44 (0)115 848 8126.

Please visit the Workage website for more information on this project.

This project is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries. More information is available here.

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Booking information

This event is free to attend but delegates must register in advance. Please click on the Add to basket button above and complete the short online booking process to reserve your place.

For more information, please contact the event organiser Kelly Start, via email or by calling +44 (0)115 848 8126.

Location details

Room/Building:

Altitude 360

Address:

Millbank Tower
30 Millbank
London
SW1P 4RS

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