Ageing and Work: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

Recommend course:


New Zealand’s workforce is ageing rapidly. We are living longer and older employees are staying on at work longer. This is often through choice but increasingly from necessity. Currently over 44% of people aged 65-70 are still working, this will only increase as we live longer healthier lives.  

This significant demographic and labour market shift, driven by increased longevity and the “boomer bulge” now aged 50 plus, is impacting employers in most sectors and industries. The ageing of the workforce presents a number of risks for employers as well as opportunities. 

This practical workshop will assist participants in understanding the changes that are occurring and to lead effectively in a changing world.

Who should attend:

Human Resource and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Professionals, Policy Advisors, Managers and Team Leaders, Business Owners. 

Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will have

  • An understanding of the demographic shifts that are taking place, the risks, opportunities and implications for New Zealand, their sector and organisation
  • Insights into the impacts and opportunities of longevity for individuals and employers
  • Explored some of the policy and practice challenges they face as managers and people leaders
  • An awareness of the needs of mature aged workers and how best to respond 
  • The skills and frameworks to provide leadership in their organisation. 

Course outline:

A Changing World

  • Population and workforce ageing – the numbers, myths and realities 
  • Longevity and the rethinking of the life course
  • New perspectives on age, work and careers - options and opportunities

Becoming an Age Friendly and Inclusive Employer

  • Taking a strategic approach
  • What are mature aged employees looking for
  • International Best Practice

Practical Tools and Perspectives

  • Making flexi work
  • Re-engaging the disengaged
  • Creating transition pathways
  • Having effective life stage conversations

Course format:

This workshop will be highly interactive. All participants will receive a comprehensive workbook and will have access to contemporary online resources for a period following the workshop.


Geoff Pearman

Further details:
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