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  Age diversity  can bring benefits to your business. Many employers value the experience and loyalty that older workers can bring. There may also be broader advantages for others within the workplace. Working in an age-diverse team brings benefits, including fresh perspectives, knowledge-sharing and improved problem solving. Employing older workers can bring the following advantages to your business: Experience...
Every year Kiwis keenly anticipate the Christmas and New Year break and the chance to enjoy summer with family and friends. However, many of us feel as though we staggered to the finish line of 2020 after a year that often felt exhausting and never-ending. Covid-19 has caused massive upheaval - to our lives and livelihoods. But I'm optimistic about 2021. You need only talk to colleagues, friends or family overseas to realise how...
The Labour Market Statistics for the quarter end September 2020 were recently released. Tracking the 55+ underutilisation rate, i.e. the number unemployed or underemployed , the total for the 55+ is now 60,700 or 16% of all people available for work – this is up from 57,000 in June 2020. As we work our way through these challenging times, one segment of New Zealanders that needs support now more than ever is our pool of mature aged...
I have received several recent reader questions about job search tips when you’re over 50: When you are an older unemployed professional in your late 50's how do you survive and what strategies should you use to navigate through these difficult times we are currently in? – Thea What are the best career pivot options and tactics for workers over 60? — Ken Is there a point in pursuing/reigniting a career at my...
      There’s a lot of talk about how to employ millennials and keep them engaged - give them wellness benefits, birthdays off, a chance to work according to their values etc. which is cool! But there’s a faster growing group in the workforce that we also need to focus on - older workers. Nearly  79% of New Zealanders  aged 55 to 64 are employed and this number is on the up....
The world is ageing. But our oldest workers could help keep the economy afloat.   By Zaria Gorvett 15th November 2019   The world is experiencing a mammoth demographic shift, as the post-war baby-boomer generation enter their sixth and seventh decades. In 1960, those older than 65 made up  just 4.9% of the global population , but by 2050, they’ll account...
  I know what you're thinking: Why work any more than you need to? Isn't it time to kick back and relax after a certain age? A few years ago, I would've agreed with that statement. I was ready for sun and fun. Now I'm not so sure. Working into your seventh decade is a bit counter-intuitive. Your body doesn't spring up the way it used to every morning and you have no patience for surly bosses and long hours. You want to do...
    With U.S. unemployment near its  lowest rate in 50 years , companies are adopting creative strategies for pursuing talent, from hiring  people with criminal records  to recruiting  high school students . Apple, Google, and IBM are among the companies that claim to have changed their hiring practices, stressing skills over credentials.   But one segment of the population...
    Learn how to build stronger, generationally diverse teams Bradley Schurman , May 20, 2019 For years, public-sector leaders around the world have grappled with a “workforce crisis.” In short, the workforce is aging at an unprecedented rate with fewer and fewer young people entering public service and more and more workers staying past traditional retirement age. For reference, the current...
From Ian Fraser of Seniors@work: I am a Senior myself and have worked since my early twenties in a variety of roles, mostly in the broader hospitality field and nearly all in management positions. In 2007, I suffered a major hiccup when what can loosely be described as a commercial fraud was committed on the company which I managed and had a significant shareholding in, and which could inevitably result in an immediate, terrible impact on...