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Building a Workplace to Support Ageing Workers

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In many developed economies, the average age of the working population is increasing, driven by better health care provision that extends useful working life and issues with pension provision.

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The aim of this presentation is to consider the health and well-being challenges of the ageing workforce as well as strategies that workplaces can utilize to better support ageing workers to be engaged, productive and likely to remain in the workforce.

Take-home messages:

  • Over the next 20 years, many organizations will experience shortages of skilled workers. At the same time, workers aged over 65 will represent the fastest growing segment of the workforce in many developed countries.
  • Most organizations are not sufficiently prepared to implement the changes necessary to keep older workers engaged and willing to remain participating in the workforce.
  • Ageing workers are a heterogeneous group, therefore strategies to support workers, should be tailored to suit the individual, nature of the work and the organization. Efforts should be focused on improving the experiences of older workers by implementing supporting strategies and removing barriers to engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Identify who is an ‘ageing worker’ – debates about definitions
Discuss the importance of supporting ageing workers
Identify health and well-being challenges faced by ageing workers
Examine various strategies to better support ageing workers to be engaged, productive and participating in the workforce


Elliroma Gardiner
Dr Elliroma Gardiner is an Organizational Psychologist and Lecturer at the School of Management, QUT, Australia. Prior to joining QUT, Elli was a Fellow at the Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science and a Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Griffith University. Her broad research interests are in investigating the interplay between individual differences and contextual features in influencing employee, team and organizational outcomes. She has published her research findings in high quality academic journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Human Resource Management Journal, Personnel Review and the Journal of Personality. Her work has also received coverage in popular media outlets including,, ABC radio and The Telegraph (UK). The Work Wellness Institute is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

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