Employers who fail to plan are missing out on the economic benefits of our ageing workforce says EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue.
“New Zealanders are living longer, healthier lives and employers need to plan for this and make the most of our ageing workforce,” said Dr Blue.
“Our economy needs all our workers, we need all the expertise and experience we can get. We cannot afford to ignore older workers and their skills as they are vital to our future success.”
At 20 per cent, New Zealand currently has one of the highest older worker rates in the OECD. Dr Blue says businesses who fail to plan for our ageing population will fail to benefit from it.
“As the age of consumers increase, hiring older workers will give businesses a competitive edge,” said Dr Blue.
“Employers need to develop a culture that values age and experience. They can lead by example, hire older workers and provide more flexible work arrangements.”
Age discrimination in the workplace is unlawful under the Human Rights Act.
Read Valuing Experience: a practical guide to recruiting and retaining older workers, a guide which provides information both on older worker’s rights and responsibilities and tips for employers.