We are living longer, healthier lives and many of us want to work past 65. And businesses will increasingly be reliant on older workers to fill job vacancies, writes workplace adviser Kim Seeling Smith.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg used a recent speech to the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia to argue that our economy can’t support our rapidly ageing population and that we need to undertake training to keep in touch with the jobs market. Unfortunately, that opportunity isn’t open to everyone, because ageism is alive and well in Australia.
The reasons companies cite (if they cite any) is that they are afraid the over-65s won’t keep up with the pace of change, they will miss work due to injury or illness, they won’t be able to learn as quickly, they won’t be as productive as the young guns and some are even afraid of potential conflicts between generations.
The real reasons more companies don’t look at older workers are much simpler. They are just not used to doing this and it takes time, money and resources to retrain or re-skill. – My Business, 28 November 2019