Workplace Innovation – Sustainable Work: Retaining Europe's ageing workforce

Making work more sustainable throughout the life course

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This interactive conference organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Eurofound and UK Work Organisation Network will bring together up to 70 representatives from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations to explore new findings from Eurofound's Sustainable Work Report and from the Workage Project's research and interventions in two UK workplaces, as well as drawing on the EESC's work and experience in this area.

  • From: Thursday 29 September 2016, 9 am
  • To: Thursday 29 September 2016, 4 pm
  • Location: European Economic and Social Committee, 7th Floor, Rue de Treves 74, 1040 Brussels, Brussels, TRE7701

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The Europe 2020 strategy strives to create the conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. As part of this, increased employment rates are a key element of the European policy agenda. Until now policymakers have sought to retain older people in employment by raising the retirement age and, in some countries, by legislating against age discrimination in the workplace. At the same time, many employers and pension funds have reduced retirement benefits, especially during the recent recession. Such measures have made an impact but they also ignore the nature of work itself. Experience shows that forcing older people to remain in unsatisfying jobs, or to remain in jobs that they are no longer able to perform, is not the most efficient solution for anyone involved.

This interactive conference organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Eurofound and UK Work Organisation Network would bring together up to 70 representatives from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations to explore new findings from Eurofound's Sustainable Work Report and from the Workage Project’s research and interventions in two UK workplaces, as well as drawing on the EESC's work and experience in this area.

The aim is for participants to take away fresh insights and new perspectives on the practical actions required to engage and retain Europe's ageing workforce and make work more sustainable throughout the life course. Sustainable work means achieving living and working conditions that enable people to engage in and thrive in work throughout their lives. Making work sustainable throughout the life course in this way means understanding both the requirements of work and the needs of individuals as both evolve over time.

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 can be found here.

Booking information

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

Location details

Room/Building:

European Economic and Social Committee

Address:

7th Floor, Rue de Treves 74
1040 Brussels
Brussels
TRE7701

Travel Info:

For information on travelling to the EESC, please visit the EESC webpage.

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