It makes for shocking reading.
Ageism is rife in the workplace, particularly in hiring decisions... Many perfectly capable older people are locked out of the labour market.
Employers are simply not planning for, or adjusting to, an ageing population.
These are not my words.
They come from somewhere much more authoritative…
…a recent report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision. (No, you are not alone if you didn’t realise that exists!)
I think we can all agree this is a dismal picture of our workplace culture.
But that is not the real reason I find the report shocking.
No, that’s something completely different.
You see, many people have been working for years to prevent this exact scenario from happening.
Academics have been predicting the demographic time-bomb which has resulted in an ageing population, and analysing the implications for the workplace, for 20 years or more.
The writing has not only been on the wall for decades, it’s been highlighted and discussed ad nauseum.
And it’s not like real solutions have not been proposed.
On the contrary, the government has enacted legislation to try and stymie some of the very problems the Lords highlight, making it unlawful to discriminate against people on the basis of age unless good reason can be shown for the differential treatment, or it is covered by an exception in the legislation.
The government also removed the compulsory retirement age in 2011, to give people more choice about when to stop working. This makes sense when life expectancy is on the rise.
And yet, here we are, nearly a decade later…
...and all the same problems still persist.
It seems that there is a disconnect between the conversation taking place in academic and government circles, and reality in the workplace.
I simply don’t see all the bright ideas transferring into businesses.
So how do we fix this?
I believe that employers are full of goodwill…
…and that most entrepreneurs and HR departments genuinely want to create workplaces which harness the talents of people of all ages.
But to get that done, we need a lot more practical, accessible guidance – not just academic discourse and policy imposed from above.
And that’s why I’m very excited to announce…
…that I’ve written a book, designed to give employers the actionable advice you need to build a successful intergenerational team.
I’m going to do a formal announcement next week, sharing the title, a preview of the cover and publication date.
I’ll even give you the first step towards winning a FREE copy of the book.
Watch out for that email!
Topics: Age diversity