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.

205 items found (page 5 of 21)

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

TV2/NORD, Denmark: Changing attitudes, development and flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
24 September 2007
  • Denmark
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Retention of senior employees   A senior policy has been developed at TV2/NORD to ensure that senior employees have good working conditions
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Publishing and media

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Aalborg University, Denmark: Exit policy and flexible working

Ageing workforce
30 August 2007
  • Denmark
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Reduced working hours and other flexible working practices for senior employees   A formal written down senior policy has been made to secure better working arrangements for the senior employees at the university
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Education

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Exit Policy, Flexible working practices, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Municipality of Porto, Portugal: Exit policy

Ageing workforce
24 June 2007
  • Portugal
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Municipality of Porto has launched a preventive training programme to prepare employees for their transition to retirement.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy

  • Target Groups

    Unskilled Manual

Somelos, Portugal: Training and development

Ageing workforce
26 May 2007
  • Portugal
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Somelos Group operates in the textiles sector, and is located in the northwestern municipality of Guimarães in Portugal, an area with a long tradition in textiles. The Group’s main activities are the production of cotton and blended yarns, woven shirting and sportswear, with dyeing and finishing all carried out in house. From an organisational perspective, Somelos incorporates specialised support companies within the Group, such as Industrial Maintenance, Organisation, Information Technology (IT) and Management.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Textiles and leather

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

Kerry County Council, Ireland: Redeployment

Ageing workforce
23 May 2007
  • Ireland
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Kerry County Council is an example of a local authority that has gone beyond existing equality legislation in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and, in particular, by paying specific attention to older employees and service users.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, Health and well-being, Redeployment

  • Target Groups

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

Obra Diocesana de Promoção Social, Portugal: Redeployment/Training and development

Ageing workforce
20 May 2007
  • Portugal
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Redeployment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Women

Lidergraf, Portugal: Training and development

Ageing workforce
26 April 2007
  • Portugal
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Lidergraf, located in the industrial park of Vila do Conde in northern Portugal, is involved in the production and selling of graphic arts products. Established in 1994, Lidergraf is equipped to handle all paper-based communication needs of customers. The range of products encompasses advertising brochures, posters, catalogues, magazines and business forms, among other products. In 1998, Lidergraf changed its legal form and became a corporation.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Publishing and media

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

No-Nail Boxes, Luxembourg: Recruitment

Ageing workforce
26 April 2007
  • Luxembourg
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Organisational background   In order to achieve a well-balanced age structure in the enterprise, No-Nail Boxes is increasingly hiring older workers for jobs in production. This measure is geared to older people with little formal education.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Construction and woodworking

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual

France 3, France: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
17 April 2007
  • France
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Since its workforce was ageing and working life was getting longer, France 3 initiated a survey and tests between 2001 and 2007. While the survey did not show any major age-related differences regarding the integration of new technologies or any disagreement among the generations, it did show a global management gap. Since 2005, this has led to initiatives on mobility, training and a tutorial system.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Publishing and media

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

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