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How Employers Can Support a Healthy, Multigenerational Workforce

Multigenerational Workforce

The retirement age is rising and people are staying in work longer than before. As a result, businesses are finding that their teams are becoming increasingly multigenerational.

Aviva’s latest Real Retirement report has revealed that more than five million workers over the age of 50 are concerned that issues with their health might prevent them from continuing to work.

Over half (55%) also admitted that they fear work will worsen their health. 13% of those surveyed say that this is already an issue for them.

48% said that they expect to work beyond the age of 65. A further 23% said they thought they’d be working past 70. Another 13% said they didn’t expect to retire. The overall expected retirement age for both women and men was 66, according to Aviva’s research.

 

What do over 50s want from their workplace?

Only 17% of over-50 workers said that they have access to wellbeing advice and workplace initiatives that could support them in their careers.

The most important form of support from a workplace was a positive workplace culture, with 47% of respondents valuing this the most. 33% said reduced working hours, part-time work or job sharing would be most helpful.

29% said more career flexibility like fewer responsibilities or a change of job description. However, only 11% said they felt they could negotiate for flexible working arrangements.

 

How to stay healthy at work

Aviva’s top five tips for promoting a healthy lifestyle in the workplace include taking breaks, getting enough exercise and making sure you’re well hydrated.

With today’s jobs largely involving looking at a computer all day in the same position, our physical health needs some extra care.

If you find that you finish the day with aches and pains, you certainly wouldn’t be alone. One way to combat this is to try out some simple stretches. Some even call it “deskercise”. This is particularly important for over 50s to keep healthy at their desks but is useful for workers of all ages.

 

Here’s how to get started:

Neck stretch – Start by sitting up straight and try to touch your right shoulder to your right ear but without hunching your shoulders or tensing. Hold for a few seconds and repeat on the other side.

Spinal stretch – Sit up and place your hands on your lower back. Try to arch your spine by pushing your hips forward and your shoulders back. Hold and relax.

Arm stretch – Lift your left arm towards the ceiling and bring your wrist back to touch your left shoulder. Then use your right hand to touch your elbow above your head. Hold and repeat.

 

What do you think of Aviva’s research and tips? How are you supporting the health of older employees? Let us know your thoughts.

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