Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Promoting an Age-Inclusive Workforce
Living, Learning and Earning Longer
All OECD economies are undergoing rapid population ageing, leading to more age diversity
in workplaces than ever before as people are not only living longer but working longer.
Greater diversity of experience, generations and skills gives employers an important
opportunity to harness the talent that different age groups bring to the workplace
and improve productivity and profitability. What can employers do to maximise the
benefits of a multigenerational workforce? This report presents a business case for
embracing greater age diversity at the workplace and debunks several myths about generational
differences in work performance, attitudes and motivations towards work. It points
to key employer policies and offers practical examples in three key areas to support
and promote an age-inclusive workforce. This includes designing and putting in place
all-age and life-stage policies covering the full span of workers careers through
best practice in recruitment, retention and retirement, as well as the promotion of
life-long learning and good health at work.