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Healthy aging at work - through healthy working conditions

Demographic change presents employers and employees with new challenges. The retirement age is rising and corporate structures are changing, so that more and more older employees are employed. So that they stay healthy and able to work well into old age, companies should invest in age-appropriate occupational health and safety at an early stage. RISK-Project shows you what you have to consider so that your employees can age healthily.

Older employees - enrichment for companies

Older people often struggle with prejudice in the workplace. It is not uncommon for them to be less productive, less resilient and generally more susceptible to illness, which is why HR managers usually prefer younger competitors when hiring new workers. Members of the 50+ generation also bring many valuable qualifications with them, which are an enrichment for companies. Especially in office workplaces, the loss of muscle strength hardly affects the performance of the elderly. Instead, they benefit from many years of professional experience and high professional competence. If you have already worked for the same company for many years, loyalty, reliability and work discipline are often particularly pronounced.

Older employees may not be as physically resilient as their younger colleagues, but they have many years of professional experience and a lot of knowledge. Both parties can benefit from each other in mutual exchange.

Age-appropriate workplace design

In order for employees to stay fit for a long time and to remain productive even in old age, entrepreneurs should take corporate health management measures for younger employees so that they can age healthily. That is why superiors should attach great importance to age-appropriate workplace design. Many employers think that their employees are in control of their own happiness and should take responsibility for healthy aging - for example through a healthy diet and enough exercise. However, entrepreneurs can also do a lot to promote the health of their employees in order to prevent the development of age-typical deficits. This not only applies to reducing physical stress, for example by designing ergonomic workplaces, but also psychological factors. Especially in times of digital change, in which the mental strain in the job has increased significantly, it is important to keep an eye on health-damaging psychological overload. In addition to sports and nutrition seminars, anti-stress courses or special programs that educate people about the dangers of burnout can also be offered.

A lack of qualifications is also an important factor in the development of dissatisfaction, stress and the resulting illness. Responsible entrepreneurs should therefore always enable their employees to take part in further training and even motivate employees to do so - even in old age. Accordingly, the activities that an employee is responsible for on a day-to-day basis should be as varied as possible. In addition, care should be taken to ensure that the requirements are large enough, but at the same time not overwhelm the person concerned. Flexible working hours and more personal responsibility can also help employees stay motivated for a long time and enjoy going to work. This effectively prevents physical and, in particular, psychological stress.

Age-appropriate workplace design

In order for older employees to feel comfortable in the company and to be able to perform at their best until they retire, it is essential that superiors and colleagues recognize and appreciate their individual strengths. Promoting good intergenerational cooperation in the company should be important to every entrepreneur. Ultimately, older and younger people can benefit from each other, which is why mutual learning and the exchange of knowledge should definitely be supported.

In addition, areas of responsibility must be adapted to the age of the employees. Since older workers will at some point no longer be able to perform certain physical activities, it is advisable to entrust them with consulting activities or tasks in the area of ​​process optimization, order control or customer care. You should also generally be open to adapting your working hours. The establishment of trust-based working hours enables older employees to adapt their working hours more flexibly to their individual needs. In shift work one could think about a complete exit from the night shift. If an employee expresses the wish not to have to work a 40-hour week in the future, part-time arrangements are quite conceivable.

After a certain age, many employees would like their working hours to be adjusted. The options range from flexible working hours to part-time arrangements such as the 3-day week.

Aging healthily - with RISK-Project

Successful occupational health and safety management is always based on a conscientiously carried out risk assessment, which also includes age-critical aspects. The work software RISK-Project supports you in this. You can also benefit from the many other helpful applications such as the modules for company administration, employee training or the practical e-learning tool. Are you interested in the product or do you have further questions? Do not hesitate to contact us. The RISK-Project team is looking forward to seeing you!