How to Assist an Aging Workforce

Our workforce is about to have a millennial majority, but we still have some strong veterans of the workforce by their sides. In fact, 20 percent of the workforce in the U.S. is older than 65, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While their experiences and knowledge of the job are a great asset to have in an organization, workplace injuries are often more severe and take longer to heal.

NIOSH data has shown that hypertension and arthritis are two of the most common health conditions. NIOSH also states that over 75 percent have a chronic health condition that requires some sort of management.

“The frequency of these conditions and others in older adults has important implications for how and when workers can physically perform their duties,” the agency says.

NIOSH has some strategies to help with older employees and to make your workplace age-friendly.

  • Be flexible when giving them a say in their schedule, work tasks and conditions, when possible.

  • Let employees work self-paced, and avoid assigning repetitive tasks or prolonged sedentary tasks.

  • Extra training for management on managing an aging workforce.

  • Provide ergonomically correct workstations.

  • Start a conversation with older workers to develop strategies to help avoid issues.

  • Keep hazards managed to the best of your ability.

  • Invest in training to help older workers with new technologies.

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