Sickness at work is never a good thing. But when it’s the CEO, and it’s a serious illness, transparent communication about the person’s needs and the business are called for. Planning for all employees for the various stages of critical illness is just as important, including for unfixable problems (90 secs video). When there is […]
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Life expectancy has been rising almost constantly since 1900, across the world. In the UK it rose by 44 days in a single year. The 85-and-over population is expected to increase more than 300% by 2050 globally. Soon, the 100-year life will be commonplace. There’s some disagreement about how far this trend can continue, and […]
Demographics and longer schooling mean too few young people to grow businesses; so organisations need to hire and retain older people to fill the talent gap. This is not a new problem, but few organisations have responded. Certainly, there are challenges, such as unconscious bias. “It’s this automatic assumption (that) in your late 50s you’re […]
At the other end of the age spectrum, our work on Redefining Retirement seems to be gaining ground. The UK government has been testing the benefits of a mid-career check-up for over 50s. Rosemary McLean contributed to a London event this month. So far, only a few employers seem to have seized the opportunity and […]
A recent meeting with a leader of a large professional institute was salutary. “The problem is” she said, “people just don’t take their development seriously.” “One of our older members said to me: ‘I’m not going to complete my CPD. I’m playing the game, seeing who flinches first’”. Employers will concur: senior, experienced people often […]