An Aging Workforce with Disabilities
As employers, one of the best things you can do to keep your business thriving and healthy is to hire and retain experienced, hard-working and loyal employees.
As you seek to fill jobs in the years ahead, consider these 10 simple ways to help aging workers with disabilities make a difference for your company.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a quarter of workers will be age 55 or over by 2022 – and many are delaying retirement until their 70s. This means more seniors than ever in the workforce.
As we age, it’s normal for disabilities to occur. But that doesn’t mean older employees can’t contribute anymore. Far from it! Many studies show the benefits of older workers with disabilities.
Often, enabling older employees to continue making a difference at your company (think more knowledge and skills plus a professional, strong work ethic) simply requires some minor accommodations – and perhaps a change of thinking by human resources, supervisors and managers.
Consider these 10 ways to address workplace needs as your valued workers age.
- Provide even more flexibility in workday schedules
- Allow a self-paced workload
- Allow longer breaks or more frequent, shorter rest breaks
- Install proper office lighting
- Provide headsets to amplify phone conversations or larger computer monitors to accommodate for hearing or vision decline
- Move workstations closer to the restrooms
- Reduce or eliminate physical exertion and workplace stress
- Allow telephone calls during work hours to doctors and others for support
- Provide information on counseling and employee assistance programs
- Allow additional time off for medical treatment
In addition to these overall tips, consider that most essential of all workplace needs – communication. Talk to your aging employees with disabilities. Ask them what they need. Find out how to make them feel valuable and get their input into how their workplace duties could evolve with their abilities.
The right support and services give you both the opportunity to reap the benefits.