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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Case study on a comprehensive approach: Färs and Frosta Sparbank, Sweden

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Färs and Frosta Sparbank was founded in 1989 and transformed into a public limited company (PLC) in 1999. The company is located in the south of Sweden and is 70% owned by the Färs and Frosta Sparbank foundation and 30% by FöreningsSparbanken. It has been independent since 1998, although it has a cooperation contract with FöreningsSparbanken. With 132,000 customers and 19 branches in eight communities, it is the largest independent savings bank in Sweden.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

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

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual, Women

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

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Hazenberg Bouw BV, the Netherlands

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Hazenberg Bouw, one of about 120 construction companies that make up TBI Holding, is situated in Vught, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. It consists of three units, all in the construction sector: Hazenberg (utility construction), Nico de Bont (restoration) and Van der Laar (housing construction). Hazenberg is the largest of these three units and employs mostly carpenters. The company functions as a contractor, employing a fixed workforce of about 200 workers and contracting additional workers as projects demand.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Construction and woodworking

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual

Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate Spa, Italy: Redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Set up in 1999, Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate (UPA) provides administrative and accounting services to the banks and companies of the Unicredit Group, a bank group created by the merger of seven Italian banks. UPA’s core business covers all aspects of the back-office operations.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

Sanatmetal, Hungary: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Hungary
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Sanatmetal has initiated a comprehensive plan to reward and retain older employees. Due to the specialised nature of its products, the long experience, skill and knowledge of older workers are essential and highly valued, resulting in a high average age of employees.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

SCA Laakirchen, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

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

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

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

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

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