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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SBB Services, Belgium: flexible work practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   In 1969, SBB (then called the Fiscal Service) was founded within the Boerenbond farmers’ union group. In 2000, SBB’s services – with the exception of its accountancy services – were merged with VKW services to form a new group, ACERTA. Within the former group, SBB accounting had become one of the biggest accountancy firms in the country and this division of the company continued to work autonomously under the name SBB.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Consultancy business services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Voestalpine Austria: a comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Voestalpine, a global steel company, makes steel and steel-based products, including automotive parts, tubes and rails. It has more than 22,000 employees, of whom 14,000 work in its 24 Austrian companies. In 1999 the employees’ average age was 41 years, with an average age of 47.5 years among high and middle management. In the Austrian companies 80% of the 13,000 male employees are production workers who do night-shift work.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, Comprehensive approach, development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Exit Policy, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Recruitment, Redeployment, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Men, Other non-manual, Persons with health problems, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual, Women

Erste Bank, Austria: a comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Erste Bank is central Europe's largest and most prosperous bank. It was formed in 1997, following a merger between GiroCredit and the Erste österreichische Spar-Casse (EÖSC), along with several other smaller banking institutions. As part of the merger, all GiroCredit employees were taken on and staff from the human resources management (HRM) department were assigned leading positions in the new corporate structure. The merger was deemed a cultural, structural and international success.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Finnish News Agency, Finland: comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Finland
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   The Finnish News Agency (STT), founded in 1887, is an independent national news provider. Its headquarters are in central Helsinki and it has nine branches across Finland. STT's board is responsible for choosing the managing director who is also editor-in-chief.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Publishing and media

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, Comprehensive approach, development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

    Men, Other non-manual, Persons with health problems, Professional/managerial, Women

Continental AG, Germany: ergonomics and job design

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Continental Corporation is a worldwide automotive supplier. It has four divisions – Passenger and Light Truck Tyres, Commercial Vehicle Tyres, Automotive Systems and ContiTech. The company manufactures, among other things, tyres for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and bikes, brake systems, and electronic air-suspension systems.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Redeployment

  • Target Groups

    Men, Persons with health problems, Unskilled Manual

AMI International, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   AMI International, formerly Agrolinz Melamin, is a chemicals company that produces melamine and fertiliser. It is the second largest melamine producer in the world. Its headquarters and main factory are situated in Linz, northern Austria, and it has other factories in Italy and Germany. AMI is a privately owned company.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Coop Adriatica Scrl, Italy Recruitment and flexible work practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Coop Adriatica is one of the largest Italian business cooperatives in the retail trade. Established in 1995, by a merger between Coop Emilia-Veneto and Coop Romagna-Marche, it has a vast network of supermarkets and hypermarkets in four Italian regions: Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Marche and Abruzzo.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Commerce

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual, Women

Rapid Granulator AB, Sweden: health and well-being, ergonomics

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Rapid Granulator AB is a medium-sized manufacturing company, located in Bredaryd, a small town in southern Sweden. It develops, manufactures and markets granulators for the plastics industry. A board of directors and a management team head the company, which is owned by Ipeg Ltd – a subsidiary of Sewickley Capital Inc.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Health and well-being

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial, Unskilled Manual

Bekaert, Belgium: redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Bekaert NV is a global company, which has its headquarters in Zwevegem. The company is active in three core areas: advanced metal transformation; advanced wire products and fencing systems; and advanced materials and coatings. Bekaert Belgium employs approximately 3,000 people, including 8% of women employees. About 7% of employees work part time. The average length of time worked by employees within the company is 21 years. As staff turnover is low, the average age of employees is relatively high at 42 years.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Elmhults Konstruktions AB, Sweden: recruitment and health and well-being

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Elmhults Konstruktions AB is a family owned manufacturing company, located in Älmhult – a small town in southeast Sweden. Founded in 1974, the company manufactures truck and crane spreaders that handle containers and swap bodies and trailers. The company is headed by a managing director, who is supported by purchasing managers, production managers and marketing directors.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Health and well-being, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Unskilled Manual

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