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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Kaiserin Elisabeth Spital, Vienna, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

EADS, France: Health and well-being, exit policy

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • France
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery, Transport and storage

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach, development, etc, Exit Policy, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

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

Ferrero Spa, Italy: Health and well-being, and active retirement policy

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Food beverage and tobacco

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy, Health and well-being

  • Target Groups

    Persons with health problems, Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual

KSB AG, Germany A comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Based in Frankenthal, near Mannheim, KSB Corporation is a leading manufacturer of pumps and valves for private and industrial applications worldwide. The corporate group has numerous international locations and employs 12,467 people, 58% of whom are based in Europe. Currently, it has around 4,500 employees in Germany, of whom 1,700 are based in Frankenthal. The company’s present business situation is considered to be favourable.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

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

Les Amis, France: Redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • France
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Les Amis is a non-profit organisation in the health and social services sector. Activities mainly consist of domiciliary care services, for which the association benefits from both public and non-governmental funding. Since 1997, the association has also managed home help staff on behalf of private individuals employing them directly. The association looks after 1,200 clients, mainly older people, in one district in Paris.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Unskilled Manual, Women

Michelin Italy S.p.a., Italy: Retirement policy, redeployment

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Organisational background   The Michelin factory in Trento is a local subsidiary of the leading French and multinational tyre manufacturer. It operates in the areas of steel threading, wire drawing and textile twisting, making semi-manufactured goods for producing tyres, on contract to the parent company. Since its foundation in 1927, Michelin Italy has always had a sizeable workforce, often more than 500 employees.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery, Textiles and leather

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy, Redeployment

  • Target Groups

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

KPN Telecom, the Netherlands: Training and development, flexible working practices, changing attitudes, exit policies

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Post and telecommunications

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Redeployment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual

DSM, Netherlands: A comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

Post Branch Network, Austria: a comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Austrian Post AG is a government-run mail service with a total of 25,000 employees. In 1999, in preparation for market liberalisation, it changed from being a public company to a joint stock company, open to private partnership. Telecommunications and passenger traffic became individual enterprises, and the rest of the Post AG was organised into five operational fields.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Post and telecommunications

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Viennese Hospital Association, Austria Training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Viennese Hospital Association (Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (KAV)) is the biggest employer of health staff (medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists etc) in Vienna, and also one of the largest health institutions in Europe. Of its 32,000 employees, around 13,500 are nurses, female and male, who work with other professionals in KAV hospitals and in geriatric institutions, treating around 400,000 patients annually.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

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