Employing and Accommodating an Aging Workforce

by Jun 28, 2019

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Due, in part, to healthier and more active lifestyles, people continue to live longer. As a result, America’s workforce is aging. In fact, a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor[1] noted that by 2024, one in four workers will be 55 and older.

Many of these employees may develop disabilities as they age, or their existing disabilities may become more significant. As a result, they may require reasonable accommodations for health conditions such as:

  • Heart disease 
  • Hypertension
  • Emphysema
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis 

Employers recognize their workers are aging, but few have taken steps to adequately prepare.

The iDisability™ e-learning module, “Employing and Accommodating an Aging Workforce” can serve as a training initiative for accommodating older workers. Here are several best practices to consider:

  • Recognizing physical factors and adjusting workplace equipment
  • Creating new jobs that better suit older employees’ knowledge and skill sets
  • Developing job sharing programs
  • Implementing flexible work schedules
  • Instigating telecommute arrangements

An aging workforce will only present challenges if your organization does not introduce appropriate training initiatives. The iDisability™ e-learning platform was specifically designed to educate organizations and ensure employees have the knowledge required to effectively communicate, interview, hire, accommodate and engage every employee within the workforce. Nearly 2 million business users across a variety of industries have already benefited from iDisability™.

Complete the contact form today to create a path to accommodate and retain aging workers who continue to contribute experience and insight to the workforce. You can also visit us at the upcoming Disability:In Annual Conference and Expoin Chicago from July 15-17.
Sources:[1]https://blog.dol.gov/2016/11/18/why-more-people-ages-55-are-working

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