Preparing for the multi-generational workforce

Alison Maitland's picture

It's not just Gen Y and Z who expect to work differently, as many organisations seem to think. Employers should be adapting to a multigenerational workforce in which the majority are looking for greater flexibility. More than a third of UK workers expect to work beyond the traditional retirement age of 65, according to a Canada Life study reported this week in HR Review. Add the fact that workers past retirement age have nearly doubled in number in the last 20 years and you can see that there are sweeping changes at all stages - not just the arrival of the "millennials" but the rise of women and  the rise of "grey power" too. We know from other research that many "mature" people don't want to work in the old way, with fixed full-time hours. They are looking for more control, autonomy and choice over how, when and where they work - just like their younger colleagues. Progressive employers who understand the benefits of future work will have an edge in attracting and keeping the experience of this cohort too.

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