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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Rowenta Werke, Germany: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
05 september 2006
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Rowenta Werke GmbH is part of the French Group SEB, which is the world’s leading manufacturer of small household appliances, and is the last iron manufacturer in operation in Germany. The Rowenta plant in Erbach im Odenwald, in southwest Germany, focuses on high-quality innovative products and produces about three million steam irons each year.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Electrical

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach, development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

    Unskilled Manual, Women

Hardcastle Burton, United Kingdom: Exit policy

Ageing workforce
31 juli 2006
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Organisational background   Hardcastle Burton is a small accountancy firm operating from the city of Royston in Hertfordshire county in the southeast of England. The company was previously part of a larger accountancy group in the region, but for several years has been operating as an independent firm, although maintaining some professional links with its former partner offices.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Consultancy business services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Exit Policy, Training

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Brewery and hotel operator, United Kingdom: Health and well-being

Ageing workforce
31 juli 2006
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   The subject of this case study is a brewery and hotel operator, which is a major local employer in a small town in the east of England. Although the company has been in operation for many years, over the last five years it has undergone a sustained period of expansion, following major capital investment programmes. The company has a strong community presence and is viewed as an employer of choice in the area.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Food beverage and tobacco, Hotel restaurant and catering

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Health and well-being

  • Target Groups

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

SICK Sensor Intelligence, Germany: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
31 juli 2006
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • 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, Persons with health problems, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual, Women

Die Continentale, Germany: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
17 juli 2006
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The insurance group ‘Die Continentale’ has its headquarters in Dortmund and is a company rich in tradition. At present, the company comprises seven insurance companies and offers insurance and investment products. It is led by two mutual benefit societies, one offering health insurance – Continentale Krankenversicherung a.G. – and one offering life insurance – Continentale Lebensversicherung a.G.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

BMW Group, Germany: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
29 juni 2006
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Motor

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach, development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

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

Pikolin, Spain: Health and well-being

Ageing workforce
14 januari 2006
  • Spain
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Pikolin, a family enterprise, is Spain’s market leader in the production and marketing of sleep products, such as mattresses and bed-frames, maintaining a 35% dominant share of the market. Based in Zaragoza, capital of the Aragon province in north-east Spain, it represents an important company for the region. The Zaragoza plant, measuring 180,000 square metres, is the largest warehouse in Europe for this type of production. In 2005, its annual turnover reached €183 million.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Textiles and leather

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Exit Policy, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual, Unskilled Manual

CTF Social Health Services, Spain: Training and development

Ageing workforce
14 januari 2006
  • Spain
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   A cooperative society in the home care sector, CTF Social Health Services has been in operation for over 20 years, in accordance with the Catalan government law on cooperatives. It operates within the social health area, offering home care and home help to people with disabilities and also family support services. It serves more than 3,500 households in Barcelona and the surrounding areas.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Training

  • Target Groups

    Women

Pia School of Catalonia, Spain: Recruitment, training and development

Ageing workforce
14 januari 2006
  • Spain
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Pia School of Catalonia (Escola Pia de Catalunya), in Barcelona, Spain, is a relatively large, non-profit Catholic teaching institution for children and adults of both sexes up to the age of 23 years. Currently, there are 18 of these schools throughout the region of Catalonia. The organisation offers three different categories of education in accordance with current educational legislation:
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Education

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

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

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Mataró, Spain: Recruitment, training and development

Ageing workforce
14 januari 2006
  • Spain
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Cristalleries Mataró (Mataró Glassworks), established in 1920, is a workers’ cooperative and a member of the Catalan Federation of Work Cooperatives. It manufactures objects from blown and pressed glass, such as light bulbs, screens, lampshades, underwater equipment, operating theatre equipment and home decoration products. Based in Mataró, an industrial city near Barcelona, the company currently exports to France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the Scandinavian countries.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Glass and cement

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

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