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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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

Fahrion Engineering GmbH & Co KG, Germany: recruitment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Founded in 1975 and based in Kornwestheim near Stuttgart, Fahrion Engineering GmbH & Co KG is a medium-sized engineering company. It operates worldwide, designing factories and manufacturing facilities, developing fabrication infrastructure, organising and optimising processes and conducting interim management. The company has a sound economic base. Its clients consist mainly of companies that build vehicles, ships aircraft and machines.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

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

Case study on flexible working practices: Azienda Napoletana Mobilità Spa, Italy

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational profile   Azienda Napoletana Mobilità Spa (ANM) is a leader in public bus transport in the city of Naples. Each day, it transports some 500,000 passengers in its fleet of buses. In July 2003, ANM received the SA 8000 standard of international certification for respect for human rights and worker rights, and for its health and safety initiatives in the workplace. This standard certifies ANM as a ‘socially responsible company that operates respectfully within the rules of the work ethic’.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

ZF Marine, Italy: Changing attitudes, recruitment, development, flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   ZF is a German multinational company controlled by the municipality of Friedichshafen through a foundation. It produces engine transmission systems in Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, the US and China. Its biggest factory is ZF Marine in Padua, which makes propulsion systems for powerboats.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

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

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

Oil company, United Kingdom: training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 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 October 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

International Business Machines (IBM) Italia, Italy Changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

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