As another birthday came and went, I realize that I am one of the aging workforce. Well, actually, anyone who is working is becoming an older worker. But, as people are working longer, employers must accommodate some of the changes that an aging workforce requires. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind, for all workers:
Older workers generally need more light, wherever they work (desks, hallways, stairs…).
Adjust work stations to fit the employees. Take into considerations older workers’ limited range of motion and their need for adjustable volume control on computer speakers and telephones.
Reduce trip hazards: watch for rugs that are not secured to the floor, cords and other items across the floor, liquid from spills or weather.
Consider flexibility: in work hours, part time options, work from home, schedules that accommodate outside appointments.
Offer different training methods, so you take into consideration the multi-tasking, multi-wired Gen X and Gen Y as well as older workers who tend to prefer in-person contact.
Tap your employees’ experience.
Consider providing wellness programs, addressing not just an aging work force, but poor eating habits and growing prevalence of diabetes of younger workers.
This article is partially based on the August Health & Safety Report from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety