People over 50 in the Workforce

The Work Environment Extended Writing Topic: Does the age impact on working people? What has caused this change? The aim of this task is to demonstrate an understanding of current issues affecting the workplace. In this report I will be focusing on the over 50 age group. Specifically I will be looking at whether or not age impacts on working people and if it has improved or worsened. Work plays a very large role in people’s lives. It has several definitions. Paid employment is considered to be the most important type of work. It provides individuals and families with income to help them survive and to live happily.

In today’s society “work also provides people with self-identity and status”. People go to work for different reasons, to get money, improve their education and simply because they have to. Traditional work patterns have changed rapidly. There is no longer an idea of a ‘job for life’; it just does not seem possible in today’s society. We learn new things everyday; we never stop learning no matter what our age. With this we are constantly trying to improve, whether it is being promoted, getting a job with higher income or simply pushing ourselves further.

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The idea of a ‘job for life’ is disappearing as many people who do have full time jobs, have been through periods of part-time, casual and contract employment first. As the Australian average age is growing, the trend is that people are sometimes forced to stay in the workforce longer to get more money, they often have no choice. It is shown that 10 percent of people over 70, were still in the workforce and not retired. People are unable to receive the pension until they are 65. This is done to try and keep them in the workforce. Technology is always improving and increasing.

Businesses use many types of technology such as fax machines, phones, printers, and the internet. Due to this, elderly people are finding it hard to keep on top of it all. The problem with the over 50 age group is that many are not trained in new technology. As every business uses some forms of technology, elderly people who were not brought up with it would be unable to use it. Employers that hire new older employees may need to offer them further training, whereas hiring younger workers they generally already know how to use the technology or will pick it up in a more time efficient way.

With the way that the economy is changing, people over 50 in the workforce are going to extremes to reinvent their identity. So extreme that they are willing to put their bodies on the line to look and feel as though they fit in with the younger generation. Plastic surgery has become very popular nowadays. People feel that they need to do this to compete and stay in the game of competition and to keep their job. One recent survey, undertaken in Europe found that most professional women now expect to have cosmetic surgery at some point in their lifetime.

Another survey, taken in America proved that more than half of the businessmen would go under the knife in order to advance their professional careers. Cosmetic surgery is simply another lifestyle choice. Over recent years the Commonwealth Government has released documents addressing the challenges associated with the ageing of the Australian population. One of the topics identified both the National Strategy for an Ageing Australia and the Intergenerational Report, which is to encourage an increased participation of mature age people in the labour force.

One of these articles focuses on the labour force characteristics of mature age people (45-64 years), as they are most likely to move from the workforce into retirement. It describes their labour force participation, looks at their hours of work and where they are employed. Looking at graphs from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website it shows that the number of people aged between 45 and 64 years of age in the workforce has increased. This may be due to the new increased age of permission to receive pension payments.

In 2003, people aged 45-64 years made up almost a third (32%) of the labour force, compared to 23% in 1983. This increase not only shows increased labour force participation over the period, but also larger numbers of people entering this age group as the ‘baby boomers’ age. In conclusion age does affect working people, as they may need further training or instructions in some areas such as using technology. However saying that, elderly people are full of knowledge and are generally more than willing to share what they know with the younger generation.

People are overall very willing to change and try to improve things about themselves if it means keeping their job. Appendixes Appendix 1 – Persons aged 45 years and over, Labour force and retirement status – by age. Information gathered in 2006. Appendix 4 – comparing the age of people in the labour workforce between ten years Resources Used Books Business Studies in Action Written By S Chapman. L Merritt. C Norris. Chapter 14 Employment Relations Page used 362 Internet Sites Article – Mature age people and the labour force This page last updated 8 December 2006 Website: http://www. abs. gov. au/AUSSTATS/[email protected] nsf

Article – 6238. 0 – Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul 2006 to Jun 2007 This page last updated 22 January 2008 http://www. abs. gov. au/AUSSTATS/[email protected] nsf/Latestproducts/6238. 0Main%20Features2Jul%202006%20to%20Jun%202007? opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=6238. 0&issue=Jul%202006%20to%20Jun%202007&num=&view Article – LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS OF MATURE AGE PEOPLE Website: http://www. abs. gov. au/AUSSTATS/[email protected] nsf/94713ad445ff1425ca25682000192af2/31876e7ef527256eca256f1f007b8cde! OpenDocument Articles Refer to article in appendix 2 Video Australia at Work #1 Video. Work: A window on Australian Society

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