Envisage workshops have life changing potential, but they’re most effective when delivered as part of an integrated approach to supporting older workers. Businesses should have a range of tools such as flexible working and mentoring opportunities to harness the value of an older workforce. Line managers should be trained properly to have positive conversations with employees about the options available to them. Such engagement should happen as part of a wider conversation with all employees on the value of older workers.
In recent years, many companies have put programmes in place to support ethnic and gender diversity, reporting such progress at board level and in annual reports. This same level of business-wide engagement now needs to be undertaken for older workers.