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Tackling the issues that confront 45+ experienced professionals looking for work or wanting to start a business

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Debunking the myths

Myths about mature-age workers contribute to negative stereotypes that limit their opportunities. Constantly debunking these myths in a range of forums is necessary to encourage employers and younger people to think differently about their older colleagues.

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Book Reviews

Books we love about work, transitions and life long learning

The 100-Year Life is a book about what happens when many people across the world live to 100. So, if you are under 100, it’s a book about you, and how you can plan your life. But it’s also about the society we live in, with strong messages for Government and HR departments about how they view work and ageing…Read more
Mentor, career and business start up consultant, Joanna Maxwell’s book is well worth the read. For those looking to reinvent themselves and change career, or those looking for work after being made redundant this book gives you the tools to discover, map out and realise your goals as a mature-age worker…Read more

 

There is plenty of information out there about starting a business if you want to troll through the internet. What we love about this E- book is that it brings all the elements together in one place in quite a unique way. Each chapter is based on an interview with an expert in the field of the issue…Read more

Research

The latest research on the changing face of work and senior entrepreneurship in Australia

Workplace Innovations We Love!

New Zealand businessman, Andrew Barnes, lifted productivity in his business by reducing his employees’ workday week to four days while maintaining their normal five day pay. His business saw a six per cent increase in productivity and 12.5 percent increase in profitability when he permanently introduced the policy.  A four-day week has been shown to increase engagement and commitment to the business and life satisfaction, reduce stress levels and help attract the right talent. 

Thrive@55 is a fantastic 8 week paid internship targeted at older workers in the advertising industry.  The internship is being offered by Thinkerbell, which describes itself as an agency that brings together scientific enquiry and creative thinking. The agency is concerned about the “massive” underrepresentation of the 55+ age group in the industry.  Internships are available across a broad range of skills from account management to design.

An incidental innovation that has occurred as a result of the pandemic is working from home.  We don’t love Covid-19 but we do love the fact that it has helped organisations overcome a “significant hurdle” to remote working. Benefits of working from home according to research undertaken by Swinburne University of Technology, include not having to commute, greater flexibility and financial savings due to reduced travel.

Flexible retirements, return stints and retiree ‘pools’ are a win-win for experienced professionals and companies. The big question is – why don’t we see these more of these innovative approaches implemented in the workplace? This HBR article is an oldie but a goodie full of options worth considering!