EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Ageing workforce

The retention of older workers in employment is an important objective not only of labour market policies but also for social protection budgets. The Foundation has gathered and analysed cases of good practice in age management, designed to improve job opportunities and working conditions for older workers. Each case study describes how the organisation approached the issue and what the results were in the medium to long term.

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Oil company, United Kingdom: training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   This oil company is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production worldwide, as well as in refining, marketing and transportation of petroleum products in the UK. Its headquarters are in Texas, USA, and its European operations are based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Extractive industries

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Ruoka-Saarioinen Oy, Finland: comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Finland
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Ruoka-Saarioinen Oy in Sahalahti is a privately owned Finnish food factory and broiler production plant, which was founded in 1954. The company, one of the Saarioinen Group’s eight subsidiaries, was incorporated in 1992. The parent company’s board of directors and Ruoka-Saarioinen's own board and management group direct the operations of its nine departments.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Food beverage and tobacco

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Men, Other non-manual, Persons with health problems, Skilled Manual, Women

SCA Laakirchen, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   SCA Laakirchen is part of the Swedish group, SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, a multinational paper and paperboard manufacturer. Acquired by the SCA group over 15 years ago, SCA Laakirchen makes superior quality, high-grade papers by highly automated means.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Pulp and paper

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Case study on flexible working practices: Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) Nuremberg, Germany

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational profile   Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) is a public transport company, which is 100% owned by the Städtischen Werke Nürnberg (Utilities), whose sole shareholder is the city of Nuremberg. Every day more than 600,000 people travel on VAG buses, underground trains and trams.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

International Business Machines (IBM) Italia, Italy Changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Consultancy business services, Information technology

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

De Berkjes, Belgium: redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Organisational background   De Berkjes is an observation and therapeutic centre for children and adolescents with severe psychological problems, located in Bruges. The centre has two units, one for young children (aged three to 14) and one for adolescents (aged 12 to 18). There are 60 beds available, 44 beds for children and 16 beds for adolescents. The children are divided into different communities and each community is looked after by permanent staff members.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual

Verbund Konzern – Austria: training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Verbund Knozern is Austria’s leading electricity supplier company and the country’s largest producer and distributor of electrical energy.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Energy

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Men, Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual, Women

L'Incontro Cooperative, Italy Job recruitment and flexible work practices

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   L'Incontro is a non-profit, social cooperative based in Castelfranco Veneto, in north-eastern Italy. Founded in 1991, it manages residences and job centres aimed at rehabilitating people with psychological problems or individuals who are socio-economically marginalised. Since its inception, the cooperative has grown and generated other cooperatives, and today it heads a consortium of 11 linked productive units, operating in the following sectors:
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

DSM, Netherlands: A comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   DSM is a large chemicals company based in the south of the Netherlands. It is mainly an industrial company producing bulk chemicals. The company is the private successor of the former public Dutch State Mines and operates internationally. The Dutch unit, DSM Limburg BV, is situated in Geleen and, at the end of 2003, employed 5,083 workers, 83% of whom are male. Female employees mostly work in staff, administrative and supporting functions, and are under-represented in the workforce at the industrial sites.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

Kaiserin Elisabeth Spital, Vienna, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 Octubre 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Kaiserin Elisabeth Spital (KES) is a public hospital, part of the Viennese Hospital Association (Krankenanstaltenverbund Wien, KAV), which has 27 public hospitals and 30,000 employees, of whom 10,000 are nurses, 10% of them men. The KES has 240 nurses, women and men.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

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