Skills = worth in older staff
MOST employees want to see their organisation take bigger steps to retain older workers, a survey finds.
The Australian Human Resources Institute study of human resource practitioners has found that older workers often cannot find work because of the negative perception about their abilities in the workplace.
It reveals 63 per cent of respondents believe matureage workers are not high performers and are risky hires.
More than a third of respondents (35 per cent) also believe their organisation is biased to some extent against the employment of older workers.
That is despite almost half of respondents (46 per cent) reporting that when older workers left their organisation in the past year, they took away with them key knowledge and skills.
‘‘ Approximately one-fifth of respondents (22 per cent) report that the departure of older workers has caused the organisation to be less competitive,’’ the study says.
‘‘ More than eight out of 10 respondents (83 per cent) would like to see steps taken within their organisation to retain older workers.’’
More than two-thirds of respondents (67 per cent) believe retaining older workers would benefit their organisation’s productivity while 26 per cent believe it would have no impact at all on productivity.
The study also found that workers would prefer their organisations to source their recruits from unemployed older workers ahead of unemployed youth, skilled immigrants, unemployed indigenous workers and unemployed people with a disability.
AHRI has forwarded the findings to National Seniors Australia for use on a government consultation on matureage employment.
VALUED: Workmates are keen to have older colleagues retained in their workplace.