A recent survey on Europe’s aging workforce reveals that 45% of those who are 50+ would prefer to work less, compared with 11% who would like to work more. The remaining respondents were satisfied with the volume of weekly hours they currently work.
In its 2013 annual report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) demonstrates that it has continued to successfully promote the economic benefits of investing in workplace safety and health by stressing the importance of working together.
One in every five American workers will be over the age of 65 by 2015, and one in four Americans will be over 55 by 2020, according to NIOSH’s webpage “Healthy Aging at Work” established in March 2014.
U.K. study shows stress, lifestyle choices can make a difference
December 18, 2013
In a surprising finding, new research out of Great Britain shows that many employers in their 60s have a lower “relative vitality age” – and thus, lower health risks – than colleagues in their 30s. The Britain’s Healthiest Company Report* crunched numbers on nearly 10,000 people and concluded that the sexagenarians in the survey had lower health risks based on a “Vitality Age calculator” developed by PruHealth, a health insurer and wellness program provider.
In recent years, the issue of the aging workforce in the U.S. has been a staple education session at safety and health meetings. So too this week at ASSE’s Safety 2013, which featured a session on, “So You’re Retired? Not So Fast - Attacking Injuries of an Aging Workforce.” According to a recent AARP study, 70 percent of workers report they plan to work past retirement or never retire.
Actually, we have a pretty good idea what the 8 (or ten) top global trends and issues are in EHS. The issues are addressed in several chapters in a recent book (30+ authors): “Global Occupational Health” (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Managing health problems can help companies keep experienced staffers
April 12, 2013
Providing accommodations to aging workers with disabilities, chronic health problems or reduced work capacity can help employers retain experienced staff who might otherwise leave the workforce prematurely, according to two briefs issued recently by the U.S. Department of Labor.