Mature workers bring diversity: Valley Windows

| September 28, 2020

After many years of service, older employees bring a diverse skill set to the table. Valley Windows, a double glazing company that was established over 30 years ago in Melbourne, has found that older works often have experience in a number of different industries over their career, giving them a unique insight into the working world that younger employees simply don’t have.

Despite this, mature workers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. They are frequently overlooked in the hiring process, despite well-decorated resumes and long periods of service in their past roles. Many fear being replaced by younger employees, even though they are often more qualified and experienced in their jobs. 

A recent survey found that 1 in 7 Australian workers are over the age of 65. This is far lower than many other countries such as the USA, Canada and China. 

However, there are many ways in which businesses can support mature workers. The benefits of doing so are not exclusive to the employee either, as businesses also have a lot to gain from embracing age diversity within the workforce. Not least because it demonstrates to your clients and customers alike that you are an equal opportunities employer. 

Depending on the nature of your business, technology could play a huge part in your day to day operations. Some seniors are incredibly tech-savvy, but this isn’t the case for everyone, especially as technology isn’t something they grew up with, as is the case for younger generations. Simple steps such as equipment training sessions or checking in that everyone is comfortable in their role responsibilities, can go a long way in making sure mature workers feel included. 

At Valley Windows we have also found that flexibility is key too, especially when it comes to supporting employees who may have age-related ailments. For example, the inability to stand for long periods or needing to abstain from strenuous activities. The employee could therefore require adaptations to their working environment or role in general. Similar to how employers would accommodate the needs of pregnant or disabled employees, the same should apply to mature workers too. All without fear or judgement from management or colleagues.

Above all, it’s imperative that mature workers don’t feel singled out, or as if they are not as useful. All employees, regardless of their age have an important contribution to make to the workforce both in an individual and a team setting. One of the best ways businesses can support mature workers is to ensure that this is truly the case. After all, one day we will all be that mature worker ourselves.

 

How does your business support mature workers?

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