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Working for today… and tomorrow

Media release

 - 20 May 2014

For the first time in Australia we have four generations at work. Longer and healthier lives provide an opportunity for people to work longer.

Workplaces are centre stage to keeping people in employment healthy and productive.  Participation and engagement of all workers—no matter their age, skill or ability—are essential for dynamic and high-performing workplaces.

Working today is different to working a few decades ago and this provides some unique challenges, but also some great opportunities for shared learning.

Comcare has released a new guide: Investing in Experience: Working for today and tomorrow through an interactive website to assist organisations manage workforce age diversity. It offers practical advice about how to recruit and retain older workers and provides employers with direction to address the challenges and opportunities of age diversity in the workplace.

Comcare Scheme Design Director, Christina Bolger said that the guide was part of Comcare’s efforts to build manager confidence and workplace systems to promote ability to work.  

“Australia’s ageing population presents both an opportunity and a challenge for workplaces. Leaders and managers need integrated strategies to shift attitudes and age stereotypes and equip workplaces with high performance work practices that embrace all ages at work,” Ms Skippington said.

“Work provides people with a sense of purpose and meaning. We all have a shared responsibility to meet the challenges of four generations at work through better work design, lifelong learning and balancing the demands of work and life,” she said.

The development of this guide has been a collaborative effort across the Australian Public Service and is a key initiative from the APS 200 Project: Work Ability and Ageing in the Australian Public Service.

Comcare Media team
0478 305 675

20 May 2014

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