As workplaces continue to further implement new technologies, it is expected that up to 375 million workers of UK workers will need new learn new skills to adapt to this evolution by 2030.
While worry of “the robots taking over” has been a long-running fear for much of the older workforce, digital transformation could actually provide great opportunities for them to boost work performances and learn new skills.
With this, it is vital for organizations to accommodate the needs of seasoned employees as they continue to embrace the future of the workplace.
In order to properly retain and retrain seasoned workers, employers should adopt more flexibility in the workplace for older workers. Many companies reserve such work options for parents and workers with disabilities, but providing their older employees with the ability to choose when and where they work can provide great benefits to both workers and the company.
Additionally, in order to maintain a high level of engagement, managers should motivate their employees through incentives and recognition in order for workers to feel like a valuable part of the company.
As only 25% of employees aged 50-59 felt that they were encouraged to take up learning opportunities, it should be the role of the employer to create a workplace culture of lifelong learning. This means creating an environment where workers are continuously learning new skills that allows employees to feel confident.