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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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

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

De Berkjes, Belgium: redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 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 October 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 October 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

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

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

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