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Europe "Must Be Prepared to Manage an Ageing Workforce"

Academic journal article Manager

Europe "Must Be Prepared to Manage an Ageing Workforce"

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THE new UK legislation outlawing age discrimination in the workplace has been welcomed by Work Wise UK*, the campaign to promote smarter working.

With an increasingly ageing population, the organisers believe that managers will need to rely more and more upon the services of more mature staff. ESPON, the EU's monitoring organisation, recently revealed the extent of Europe's population trend with fertility rates in every single European country now falling below the population replacement rate. Although immigration will go some way to mitigating the effects on population, the whole of Europe faces an ageing workforce, and over time, staff and skills shortages.

One of the results will be an increasingly competitive recruitment market, and managers will have to do far more to attract and retain staff. Government, employers' organisations and trade unions are agreed that adopting smarter working practices, such as home working, flexible, remote and mobile working, will enable businesses to provide a more appealing working environment and also a more productive one. …

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