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Harnessing the power of an ageing workforce

Steve Butler explores the benefits of an older workforce, as well as how to avoid conflict when integrating the older generation

Watching my children and their friends think about starting their careers has been a real eye-opener. Even though they’re in their early 20s, they aren’t really thinking about starting careers at all – many are doing a second degree, even if they’re not particularly academic. Their reasoning seems to be “Why not?”. Others are planning to travel, or to spend a couple of years working in a pub before they get the job that they really want.

I don’t mean to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but it just wasn’t like that in my day. Everyone I knew finished their degrees and immediately started submitting CVs to prospective employers.