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Age Positive Workplaces

Academic journal article Manager

Age Positive Workplaces

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ADVICE for avoiding ageism in the workplace has been issued by a recruitment agency ahead of legislation planned to address the issue.

Forties People decided to take action as a result of the following:

* According to a recent MORI poll, ageism tops the list of UK workplace discrimination issues

* By 2010, nearly 40 percent of the UK workforce will be over 45

* Supporting this cultural shift, legislation preventing ageism in the workplace will be in place by 2004 and in force by 2006.

The agency says the 2006 deadline allows employers time to address and resolve the issues proposed in the forthcoming legislation, although a number of enlightened employers are taking more immediate action.

If you would like to join them, Forties People makes the fol lowing suggestions:

* Have a conscious policy to employ a mixed age workforce

* Avoid using words like 'young' or 'mature' in recruitment advertising

* Use a mixed age interview panel whenever possible

* Ensure that employees of all ages are offered the opportunity for training and development

* Base promotion on measurable performance indicators rather than age, and base redundancy on objective, job-related criteria

* Ensure that your company retirement policy is fair and consistent to all employees. …

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