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Solution for Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens

The Challenge

Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) Session The key socioeconomic trend in many parts of the world—including China, Europe and the United States—is an ageing society. This trend is driven i ...

Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) Session

The key socioeconomic trend in many parts of the world—including China, Europe and the United States—is an ageing society. This trend is driven in part by lower fertility but mainly by higher longevity. This means that growing old age dependency—the ratio of older retired people to younger working people—will not disappear with the passing of the baby boom generation: indeed, it will keep increasing.

Governments and business should promote the redesign workplaces and work schedules individually to fit senior workers' skills and abilities.

Keeping workers healthy and physically able to work longer will involve redesigning activities that can only be performed for a limited period of time, avoiding longer-term repetitive stresses on employees and introducing measures that provide a break from arduous tasks. On an individual basis, a first step would be to understand the nature and scope of workers' medical conditions, how their work capacity is affected (temporarily or in the long term) and work out appropriate strategies that can be applied in a timely fashion to maintain their work capacity.

In addition, more resources should be committed to preventive health care. It is important not to start such investments in health at the age of 60 but when people are in their twenties, as health conditions are often cumulative in nature.

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    Promote lifelong learning and age-appropriate career management as part of firms' corporate culture to improve the employability of older workers.

    Promote lifelong learning and age-appropriate career management as part of firms' corporate culture to improve the employability of older workers.

    Promote lifelong learning and age-appropriate career management as part of firms' corporate culture to improve the employability of older workers.

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    Allow wages to adjust to lifecycle productivity and refrain from restrictive employment protection legislation that prevents such adjustment.

    Allow wages to adjust to lifecycle productivity and refrain from restrictive employment protection legislation that prevents such adjustment.

    Allow wages to adjust to lifecycle productivity and refrain from restrictive employment protection legislation that prevents such adjustment.

    Polity, Business
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    To facilitate partial retirement and downshifting, introduce more flexible working conditions, such as flexible rostering patterns, work schedules and part-time work, as well as flexible retirement schemes, including pensions based ...

    To facilitate partial retirement and downshifting, introduce more flexible working conditions, such as flexible rostering patterns, work schedules and part-time work, as well as flexible retirement sc ...

    To facilitate partial retirement and downshifting, introduce more flexible working conditions, such as flexible rostering patterns, work schedules and part-time work, as well as flexible retirement schemes, including pensions based on lifetime income or contributions and flexible drawing-down of entitlements.

    Polity, Business
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    Establish a national or international clearinghouse for best practices in retaining older workers.

    Establish a national or international clearinghouse for best practices in retaining older workers.

    Establish a national or international clearinghouse for best practices in retaining older workers.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Fight stigma and discrimination and correct popular misconceptions about the impact of age on employability and the impact of working longer on the labor market.

    Fight stigma and discrimination and correct popular misconceptions about the impact of age on employability and the impact of working longer on the labor market.

    Fight stigma and discrimination and correct popular misconceptions about the impact of age on employability and the impact of working longer on the labor market.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society