How do you attract and retain the older worker?

How to attract and retain the older worker
Greg Goudie
Written by Greg Goudie

Really the older worker is very similar to a younger worker. There is a misconception that the older worker is stuck in their ways and doesn’t want to learn new skills. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

A recent survey conducted by DOME of the people looking for work indicated that over 60% wanted training to learn new skills. They want a job that is interesting, that will test their skills and expand their mind.

Whilst this age group is also known for their reliability, they do appreciate flexible working conditions. The opportunity to have flexible working hours or days is valuable, and in most cases they are prepared to be flexible in return when extra or different hours are required to meet deadlines.

The key here is respect and communication. Understanding and respect for people and their situations is important and to be in constant communication with staff.


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Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie is the Executive Director of DOME and following many years in the automotive parts manufacturing sector, has worked with mature age unemployed for the past 15 years.

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