Age matters

Employing, Motivating and Managing Older Employees
Authors: Keren Smedley and Helen Whitten
Price: £75
From: Gower
ISBN: 978056686809

The new age discrimination regulations have thrown some of the HR population into a spin. After spending 18 months ignoring their imminent arrival, they now have no choice but to deal with them.

This handbook could do a lot to calm fevered brows as it covers nearly every HR management issue related to the ageing employment pool.

It is packed with statistics and perspectives on the ageing workforce, from the UK to the rest of the world. It is all well researched and could be valuable support material for presentations and board sessions.

The cover price seems high, but the authors have compiled some thorough exercises on awareness-raising. It includes guides to running one- and two-day programmes on cascading age discrimination know-how throughout an organisation, and introducing age-inclusive working practices. I guess this is good value for money when compared with the cost of hiring a consultancy to carry out such activities.

I particularly liked the tenacity with which the authors tackled the tough issues of motivating older employees. There is plenty of handout material for disillusioned staff who might need help with finding their focus at work.

It is a very sensible package too, with sections on achieving an age-inclusive culture, monitoring inter-generational working and evaluating progress.

Ethical and performance focused as it is, this guide would prove useful for anybody involved in HR, employment planning, and organisational development and training.

Useful? 5 out of 5 stars
Well-written? 4 out of 5 stars
Relevance? 5 out of 5 stars

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