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The Aging Workforce

posted by TrueNorth Risk Management on Monday, October 19, 2020



As the workforce population changes, some people are choosing to stay in the workforce longer than ever before. This is becoming more and more important as our population ages with baby boomers turning 65.

TrueNorth partnered with Dr. Westpheling, MD, MPH from MercyCare Occupational Health to learn more on how we can help to create a safe and healthy environment for your workforce.

We define an aging workforce from the perspective of workers being 55 years of age or older. More and more people are staying in the workforce well into their 70's due to insufficient retirement savings, increasing health costs, or the responsibility of being a caregiver. 

Benfits of the older worker include:

  • Greater job knowledge and experience
  • Strong work ethic
  • Lower levels of job stress
  • Tend to be more cautious 

To mitigate risks that accompany an older workforce, consider: 

  • Flexible work hours
  • Self-paced work
  • Avoid long periods of sedentary work
  • Control physical hazards
  • Wellness activities
  • Regular training 

Older workers bring both benefits and challenges. By being sensitive to these workers' needs we can keep older workers in the workforce longer.

Questions on how you can create a healthy and safe environment at your company?

Reach out to our Safety and Loss Control expert Sarah Allender today. 

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