The Department for Work and Pensions Age Positive at Work Award will be presented to an organisation that can demonstrate its commitment to achieving age positive practices in the workplace. The judge is looking for examples of best practice in the various stages of the employment process, from recruitment and selection, training and development, through to promotion, redundancy and retirement.
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The team - HR & Payroll
No. in team: 10
No. in HR function: 10
No. of employees HR is responsible for: 465
About the organisation
The museum, based in Greenwich, works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.
- The museum recognised a strong age imbalance, which was predominantly white, male and over 50
- To adapt its HR policies and practices to promote fairness of opportunity and flexibility for older workers.
What the organisation did
- Abolished its mandatory retirement age in 2002, before any legislative requirement
- Consulted with staff, senior management and pension providers before any changes were made
- Began modernising its employment practices to ensure that recruitment and selection procedures were subject to fair and open competition
- Implemented training programmes to deliver development for individuals whatever their age.
Benefits and achievements
- By 2005, more than 10% of staff were under 25, 15.5% were in their late 20s, 39% were between 30 and 50, and one-third between 50 and 75
- Museum customer satisfaction at the end of April 2005 was 98%
- A diverse, productive workforce with different attitudes, skills and knowledge.
Category judge Sam Mercer says: "Shortlisted for becoming one of the first public sector bodies to remove its mandatory retirement age (overcoming initial concerns of further age imbalance in favour of older workers) and for effectively delivering flexible working/retirement and training to ensure focus is on the individual rather than their age. Recognition is given for flexible working arrangements that are also available to younger staff."