Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver!

#OlderNotOver is a new campaign launched here to re-imagine the 50 to retirement generation as a valuable resource in the workplace. Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver! The #OlderNotOver challenge The challenge is three-fold: We need to recognise the value and potential of over 50s already in the workplace. We need to find the over 50s currently outside the workplace who want to return, re-connect them with employers and training, and relaunch their careers. We need to ensure work for over 50s is sustainable, with continuing opportunities to progress and support that suits them. What’s the problem? ‘Old dogs’ and...

The Budget, older workers and productivity

Yesterday’s Budget was controversial, as much for what it left out as for what it gave away. The NHS, care and housing had all queued up and were left wanting more. But probably the biggest problem issue of the Budget came from the problem of flat-lining productivity. Do older workers have a contribution to make here? Flat-lining productivity The Budget Statement states that ‘The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now expects to see slower GDP growth over the forecast period, mainly reflecting a change in its forecast for productivity growth. It has revised down its forecast for GDP growth by 0.5 percentage points to...

Winter is coming – beware the over 50 victim narrative!

Winter is coming and my twitter feed is full of stories about the problems, and the burden, of older age. Positive stories of the over 50s, never high in the headlines, have shrunk further from view. This is a dangerous and disempowering narrative. Yes, winter is coming – beware the over 50 victim narrative! Most people have health issues in the winter months, be it man flu or seasonal affective disorder. The over 50s do not become instantly, and uniquely, burdensome victims with the changing of the clocks. The seasonal shift It is perhaps understandable that fears of the impact...

Let’s talk about retirement

‘Do Not Go Gentle’ This week’s British Society of Gerontology Conference at Swansea was entitled ‘Do Not Go Gentle’, a sentiment absolutely encapsulated by the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women who also this week took such exception, quite righty, to the advice of Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman MP that women who had been caught out by changes to SPA should start an apprenticeship (report here). For WASPI, the complaint is that they have not been given equal time to men to make adjustments to compensate for the pension reforms – which they support. They recognise that reform is...

Older workers are productive and effective – making the case for the 50+ employee

The statistics show that many in the 50-retirement generation find it difficult to find work and progress their careers. But in fact older workers are productive and effective – they have unique abilities and strengths which make them a real asset in the workplace. And there is strong evidence to support employing older workers too. In this blog, New Middle Age takes a look at the Unique Selling Points of older workers. Our 50s may be our most productive decade at work It may be a surprise, but there is good evidence that economic productivity at work peaks in our 50s....