INTERVENTIONS FOR THE AGING WORKFORCE

It is important to address the needs of older people in the workforce.  They still have what it takes to be able to contribute to the success of a company. They have the wisdom, leadership, and experience that they can pass on to the younger workforce. Certainly, there is a lot that we can learn from them. We should also respect and admire their commitment and drive to still become productive citizens of our nation. For companies to help the aging workforce accomplish their responsibilities to the fullest, we should ensure that they work in a safe environment. Their needs should be addressed as prescribed in the United States labor law on Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

It is true that the aging workforce presents challenges and needs that have to be addressed by employers so that they can do their work efficiently and effectively.  So companies should ask themselves what they can do to address the needs of the aging workforce. What are the ergonomic and behavioral-based interventions that can be done to make their workplace safer and more supportive to their needs? The answer to this problem will present solutions that can help us in managing the aging workforce better.

One of the concerns of an aging workforce is their health. Some may be experiencing musculoskeletal problems. The good news is that there are ergonomic solutions to be able to help alleviate musculoskeletal disorders.  There are different techniques that can be done to help relieve stress from different parts of our body while working.  Behavior-based strategies include policies that promote a healthy work environment. There should be an ideal work-life balance. There should also be behavioral and lifestyle changes on the part of the employee. It is also important to take note of the relationship between work and lifestyle habits.  Everyone, the aging population included, needs to do their part to reduce the risk of sickness and disability.  It is not entirely the responsibility of the employers.  The employees also need to do their part. It takes a holistic approach to be able to manage the aging workforce.