I attended two very different events this Older People’s day (1st Ocober 2015) - a research launch at Mercer, where the Minister for Pensions Baroness Ros Altmann launched a new older workers toolkit for employers, and an Age of No Retirement event where Barclays invited us to the heart of their accelerator, where they support new tech businesses, to imagine a future post demographic shifts.
“ Collaborating and combining knowledge and expertise to work through innovative answers to the challenges of early exits. ”
Two events, the same challenge - what is the business response to our ageing population?
Business in the Community's age leadership team has been considering that same challenge, and next week we will hold our first peer learning forum for our leadership team companies, hosted and led by Aviva. We have signed up to collaborate, to combine knowledge and expertise to together work through innovative answers to the challenges of tackling early exit - a missing million, older people between 50 and 65 are out of work against their will - the task of changing business practice and changing hearts and minds so that we can all, where we need or want to, work longer, and to make the most of the opportunities that will come with up to five generations in work alongside one another.
This Older People’s day was, as it has been before, a celebration of older people within families and communities, and all their contributions - it may have been the first where a clear business focus was at the forefront.