Help for businesses to tackle the issues associated with an ‘Ageing Workforce’

Free conference to help employers cope with changing demographics

Business in the Community, in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), is hosting a FREE half-day conference to inspire employers to adapt their approach to health and wellbeing in the workplace in order to maximise the opportunities associated with an Ageing Workforce.

The ‘Healthy Working Lives’ conference, will take place at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast on Thursday 2 March, 2017 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. With a focus on Age at Work, the annual event will feature a host of expert speakers, best-practice examples, alongside case studies and peer learning to help local employers prepare for the future.

Amy Kieran, Workplace Programme Manager, Business in the Community, said:

“With the proportion of adults in Northern Ireland aged 65+ expected to increase by 63% to just under half a million people by 2033*, Age at Work really is a crucial issue for employers.

“While it is great news that we are, on the whole, living longer, this shift in demographics is having a profound impact on the workplace and it’s vital that employers are prepared.

“The aim of this year’s ‘Healthy Working Lives’ Conference is to inspire and inform employers to adapt their approach to workplace wellbeing; being ready to seize the opportunities and minimise the risks posed by changing demographics. There will be a wealth of information available on the day and we hope it will prove a valuable experience for all attendees.”

The event will feature presentations and discussions from organisations such as Aviva, and will showcase academic and consultative perspectives while exploring the opportunities presented by changing demographics and present some practical solutions for employers.

Valerie Watts, Interim Chief Executive of the PHA, said: “People are living longer thanks to better conditions at home and work, vaccines to prevent what used to be fatal infections, and earlier diagnosis and better treatment of illness. This means people are also able to work longer, which offers many opportunities for employers, who will have workers of multiple generations working side-by-side learning and sharing each other’s experiences which will enhance the diversity of the workforce.

“Employers have to become more skilled in creating healthier working environments and the Healthy Working Lives Conference is the ideal setting to learn from those who have taken positive steps to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace and motivate others to do the same.”

The ‘Healthy Working Lives’ conference is a free event open to all businesses, but places are limited. To reserve your place, please e-mail cathy.preston@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.

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