The Age Divide in Employment: Why Mentoring is Key to Retaining and Supporting Older Workers
The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) recently released their fifth report on the employment climate for older workers. Despite making up 20% of the workforce, workers aged 55 and above only account for 4% of employment growth. Ageist employment practices were found in one-sixth of organizations, while only a quarter of HR professionals are open to hiring workers aged 65 and above.
The report recommends employers prioritize older workers when developing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Only half of organizations surveyed offer training and development opportunities for older workers, which is the lowest rate since the survey began.
Utilizing older workers can alleviate employment shortages and contribute to diverse workplaces and economic performance.
In this webinar, Melissa Richardson is joined by AHRI CEO, Sarah McCann-Bartlett, to discuss the report’s findings and how mentoring and other initiatives can help address the problem.
Melissa and Sarah explore:
- Highlights from the study, what it means and why it matters
- How mentoring can help retain older workers
- Strategies for developing targeted mentoring programs
- Discover additional tactics utilized by organizations to attract and retain skilled professionals in this demographic.
Melissa Richardson, Founder, Art of Mentoring
Sarah McCann-Bartlett, CEO, Australian Human Resources Institute.