The interest in policies and practices addressing work life balance is driven by a number of demographic factors, including the ageing population. As a result we will see more mature age people in our workplaces and in our community.
Forward thinking employers know that recruiting and retaining older workers is a smart response to a shrinking labour pool. Through the promotion of flexible working arrangements (PDF 458 kb), mature age workers will choose to stay in the workforce or seek to enter it.
However, myths and stereotypes about older workers can be invisible and deeply entrenched. Worse still they can be accepted within our workplaces, creating a hidden barrier; a form of age discrimination.
Education, awareness raising and information can highlight such ageist misconceptions and help bring about changes in both attitudes and actions.
Safe Work SA has partnered with the Department for Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the business community and unions to develop practical information and resources for employers on retaining and attracting older workers in a competitive national and international environment.
The following resources support mature age participation in the workforce: