The aging of workforces in many developed countries has generated concerns about worker shortages and lost expertise.
To manage this, many employers are looking for ways to retain older workers. However, there are also concerns that, with age, there is a greater likelihood of chronic diseases, activity limitations, and injuries. This has made some employers apprehensive about whether increases in the number of workers with chronic conditions will lead to increased accommodation needs and costs.
Understanding accommodation use is critical for employers who want to retain older workers and who desire information about the potential value of current workplace practices. This talk will discuss new research on accommodation needs and use, as well as health and employment outcomes in a sample of 1,566 Canadian workers aged 50-67 years living with arthritis and/or diabetes and compared to workers with no chronic conditions.