Developing a flexible culture for older staff

This workshop, delivered in partnership with Hays Recruitment, will discuss ways in which employers can create a flexible working environment that supports the competing demands upon older workers.

  • Date:

    18 Oct 2023

  • Time:

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Location:

    Online Event

  • Price:

    Free

This workshop, delivered in partnership with Hays Recruitment, will discuss ways in which employers can create a flexible working environment that supports the competing demands upon older workers.

Anyone can attend this workshop, but it will be particularly beneficial for staff with HR, diversity and inclusion, and health and wellbeing responsibilities who are based in Northern Ireland.

According to CIPD, about a third (32.1%) of workers aged 50–64 would like to work fewer hours and we know that all workers, but especially older workers, value flexible working approaches.

In this session Hays Recruitment will discuss the value in offering part-time opportunities, remote/hybrid working as well as condensed working hours, in order to recruit and retain older workers.

Why do older people value flexible working?

  • They may have caring responsibilities, for elderly parents, grandchildren, partners or other loved ones
  • They are more likely to experience both short and longer term health conditions that make travel more challenging
  • They may need to attend appointments for health conditions that are more likely to affect older people, menopause for instance

During this workshop we will consider what action employers can take to foster a flexible working culture that supports older staff and staff more generally.

Topics we will cover are as follows:

  • Opportunities for upskilling
  • Options around flexible working hours, condensed working, and part time options
  • What a comprehensive onboarding and induction process looks like
  • How can we keep in touch with colleagues working remotely, to reduce feelings of isolation
  • Additional training for line managers eg communication, menopause training, and helping staff to prepare for retirement.
  • The benefits of Mid-Career Reviews

Speaker

Matthew McArthur | Principal Consultant | Hays

“As a Principal Consultant at Hays, I specialise in recruiting for Marketing, Communications, PR and Fundraising professionals within Northern Ireland’s public and third sector market. I leverage my dyslexic thinking to provide creative and innovative solutions for both job seekers and employers, and I build lasting relationships based on trust and transparency. I have successfully placed candidates in permanent, temporary, and contract roles across various organisations, from local councils and charities to government agencies and social enterprises. I am passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and empowering people and organisations to achieve their goals and to make a positive impact in their communities.”

There are a range of topic-specific workshops available and participants can register for one or multiple sessions. Please click here to see all upcoming Age-Inclusive Networking Series sessions and to register.