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24 April, 2019

The High Cost of Ageism in the Workplace

2019-04-24T13:54:34+00:00April 24th, 2019|News|

You will see from our ‘News & Views’ section that together with our own content and information, we invite external contributions, and this piece comes from Leah Kinthaert, who wrote this for LeadersIn.  Our CEO, Steve Anderson, was very pleased to be asked to contribute by Leah, who is a great advocate for D&I with wider interests including digital transformation and sustainability. In a New York Times article late last year, Marci Alboher described the situation that many older Americans are finding themselves in: “I hear a lot from people over 50, even over 45, who are doing all the right things but still not finding successful midlife transitions. Ageism is rampant — and internalized, with midlifers questioning our own ability to succeed in a world where youth is prized. And while there are many new offerings to help people make late-career transitions, moving into an encore career still requires an immense [...]

11 April, 2019

Combatting Ageism in the Workplace

2019-04-11T11:55:11+00:00April 11th, 2019|News|

7 Reasons You Want To Actively Recruit And Hire These Employees Now When companies began jumping on the diversity and inclusion (D&I) bandwagon en masse in the late 80s and early 90s, it seemed a natural extension of affirmative action and equal opportunity programs. Over time, company D&I slogans moved from diversity being the “right thing to do” to diversity “being good for business.” Company leaders began to recognize the importance of creating an employee culture that reflected their customer base and community. And, while age has been a protected category since the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) in 1967, it has not, generally speaking, been at the forefront of D&I strategy. While D&I programs have moved the needle in the significant areas of race, gender and sexual orientation, ageism has been relegated to the side-lines. As a result, age prejudice has seeped into the workplace. [...]

28 February, 2019

Why the nuclear industry needs more diversity

2019-03-19T13:59:58+00:00February 28th, 2019|News|

We are pleased to welcome guest writers to The Age Diversity Forum, and we thank Zoe Stollard, Partner at UK law firm Clarke Willmott,for sharing this outlook on the nuclear industry. It confirms what we hear on a daily basis, that there is no industry sector immune to the challenges, or the opportunities for organisations to benefit from diversity in the work-place. Over to Zoe…. There is increasing belief that businesses and organisations which are diverse in their makeup are likely to be successful. A report by consultancy firm McKinsey & Company indicated that diverse companies are 15 per cent likely to outperform competitors, which could add £150bn to the UK economy on an annual basis. Businesses that actively recruit, promote and encourage diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, age and skills at all levels in their organisation are more likely to generate a more cohesive, attractive, balanced and dynamic business [...]

27 February, 2019

Age and work – do we care enough?

2019-03-19T13:59:58+00:00February 27th, 2019|News|

Tricia O’Neill is Head of Occupational Health & Wellbeing and H&S Education and Competence, at Skanska UK plc. Tricia writes passionately about the values of an age diverse work-force and we thank Tricia for allowing us to share this piece with you.  Age and work – do we care enough? A person’s ‘workability’ depends on many factors such as their health and functional capacity(physical and mental), competence, their values and attitudes, motivation, work demands, people they work with and how they are managed as well as the work environment . Age is just another dimension. There is a culture and perhaps a mindset that in UK plc that workers over a certain age are not interested in developing new skills, trying new roles and are basically winding down. How wrong they are. People stay in the workplace much longer than previous generations sometimes it is due to financial reasons such as lack of [...]

22 February, 2019

The Age Diversity Forum appointed to The Institute of Coding Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

2019-03-19T13:59:59+00:00February 22nd, 2019|News|

We are very privileged to announce that our CEO, Steve Anderson, has been appointed to the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board of the Institute of Coding (IoC). The IoC was recently established, with the Prime Minister making the announcement at Davos 2018. The IoC is a unique collaboration of businesses, universities, professional bodies and outreach that has been made possible by £20m from the Office for Students and match funded through the consortium of partners. The IoC brings together around 100 partners, including universities, large corporates (i.e. IBM, JPMorgan, Microsoft), small and medium sized enterprises, established industry groups, experts in the delivery of distance and non-traditional learning and professional bodies. Being led by the University of Bath, the aim is to develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused education across the UK that meets the skills and industry needs of the future. The Mission - ‘We exist to break down barriers to learning [...]

19 February, 2019

Leading Diversity

2019-03-19T13:59:59+00:00February 19th, 2019|News|

At the Age Diversity Forum, we are very lucky to have many excellent people working with us, driving awareness of age diversity in the workplace. One of those key people is Pauline Hedges, MBE. Pauline is a key ambassador for the Age Diversity Forum across London and the South East. Pauline spent 30 years working in the finance industry where she attained the honour of being the very first female bank manager at TSB. Pauline then became the ‘voice’ for banks when residing in the PR role for the British Bankers Association for 7 years. Taking that industry and working know-how, Pauline has been in great demand across Private, Public and Third sectors, to support and help businesses and policy makers, create fair and thriving working environments. Pauline was Head of Policy at the Chamber of Commerce, when she and Steve Anderson (CEO, The Age Diversity Forum) first met, and [...]

12 February, 2019

Yes, Prime Minister

2019-03-19T14:00:00+00:00February 12th, 2019|News|

It’s a busy time in the political world but there are still very important topics not to be overlooked or ignored….one of those topics is Age Diversity in the work-place. Our colleague Paul Owen, OBE, arranged a meeting with the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to further awareness of key challenges, and opportunities, for businesses and organisations to benefit from an age diverse work-force. Our work is very much aligned with the UK’s Industrial Strategy, where age is recognised as one of the four ‘Grand Challenges’ and the Prime Minister welcomed our approach of collaborative working and developing best practice models via our partnership programmes. Engagement with employers is key to ensure appropriate behaviours, objectives and actions are instilled in to the organisation fabric, so providing an environment where everyone can benefit. Paul discussed our strategy for widening participation, addressing diversity and inclusion issues from early contact, through to employment, retention, [...]

10 December, 2018

Age -The Forgotten Barrier

2019-03-26T17:56:15+00:00December 10th, 2018|News|

2018 was supposed to be a year of positive change for workplace inclusion. The discourse around gender equality reached new levels of intensity and the outcry about the gender pay gap was widespread and covered extensively in the media. More organisations seem to be getting on board with diversity management. A recent survey by PwC showed that 87 per cent of global CEOs are focused on diversity and inclusion - an increase on the 2015 figure of 67 per cent and a huge leap forward since 2011, when it was just 11 per cent. That’s good news for business as evidence suggests that heterogeneous organisations perform all the better for it. But it seems we need a more diverse understanding of diversity, because while gender and ethnicity are the focus of many corporate equality and inclusion policies, other considerations remain largely under the radar. Paul Owen, Director of Operations at The Age Diversity Forum, says [...]

7 December, 2018

The Age Diversity Forum announce new Appointment

2019-03-26T17:57:09+00:00December 7th, 2018|News|

Former CEO of British Canoeing - Paul Owen, OBE - appointed as Operations Director for The Age Diversity Forum For more than 20 years, Paul was a key figure in the British Olympic Committee, including the success of London 2012, and the development of the Paralympic movement. And now, as well as a board member of “Get Berkshire Active” and a successful stint as Interim CEO of the German School in Berkshire, Paul has now taken on a fresh challenge with the Age Diversity Forum. “When I finished my long career with British Sport, I thought I would be able to ease into some sort of retirement but that just isn’t the case!” he says. “I have found that many over 50’s like me are just not ready to finish work, but finding a new job is a sobering process.” Paul has an impressive CV, as British Canoeing’s top man [...]

17 July, 2018

Have We Got Old(er Worker) News For You!

2019-03-19T14:00:04+00:00July 17th, 2018|News|

As per the re-runs of a popular television topical quiz show, so this week sees the release of another government report on age discrimination, ‘Older People and Employment’. The UK Parliaments Women and Equalities Committee (W&EC) have pooled input and feedback to highlight the continual problem of older people facing employment barriers. (You can view the report here.) We applaud such awareness to the issues and barriers, but this report: refers to last year’s report issued by the UK Governments Fuller Working Lives team, the 2017 Evidenced Based report, that highlighted employer engagement as an issue. makes reference to research completed over 3 years ago, research that highlighted a potential ‘missing million’ older people that wanted to work, but were not receiving the necessary support. references an even older government funded pilot project, for those aged 50+, to receive a mid-life career review, a project that was panned by a [...]