According to a recent study featured in the Independent, UK employers are not doing enough to recruit the over 50s – leaving 73% with an overwhelming feeling of bias. And while younger workers might be the future, their more experienced counterparts have plenty of future left in them yet. Perhaps more importantly, many also have the skills, business ethos and general attitude prized by today’s organisations. And with those pesky skills gaps continuing to grow at an alarming rate, this is not a section of society you want to ignore.
The strange thing is, 94% of businesses do recognise that older professionals could be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to bridging that gap – but a somewhat contradictory 77% are doing little to actively recruit from this valuable segment. But what effect does all of this have on older workers themselves? And how can you alleviate feelings of disenfranchisement?
Getting the most from your older workers.
The bottom line? In this uncertain and often unstable economic landscape, able workers of every generation will be your key to a successful future. Invest in them; engage them; don’t overlook them.
An analysis spanning multiple UK industries found that over 90% of workers in the UK experience workplace
stress, with workload, job insecurity and conflict with colleagues and managers among the most common
causes. Stress or demotivation at work can aggravate employees' pre-existing physical and mental health
conditions and affect their lives outside of work too.
A job interview is the most important step in the recruitment process, and you’ll want to create a positive
interview experience for all candidates, whether or not they are successful. A recent LinkedIn survey found that
83 per cent of candidates would change their mind about a role due to an unsatisfactory interview, while 87 per
cent of candidates reported that a positive interview experience would make them more likely to accept the job.