Older employees should be supported in the workplace
NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has updated its workplace guidance to include recommendations that will improve the health and wellbeing of older employees (people aged over 50).
New recommendations focusing on older employees include:
– Treat employees on an individual basis, avoiding stereotypes, such as the assumption that an older employee may find learning new tasks difficult or a younger employee is less dependable.
– Offer and encourage older employees to undertake training if their job role changes, or if they may have received education and training some years ago.
– Help older employees to access health and screening services, such as cervical screening and eye tests, and allow time off to attend appointments.
– Address key life stages or events that may affect an older employee, such as offering carer’s leave or flexible working to care for grandchildren or parents.