This report highlights the importance of providing support to employees in mid-life as a way of helping them stay in work for longer if they want to, plan for what they will need in retirement, and think ahead about their future needs.
Being supported by employers to plan and prepare can help improve our health and wellbeing, as well as increase our emotional resilience.
Mid-life support via interventions such as mid-life MOTs is an employee benefit that can contribute to a strong employer brand and the recruitment and retention of employees. Mid-life support enables people to work for as long as they want to. In turn, employers can hold on to their skills and experiences, deploy staff effectively and benefit from age-diverse workforces.
Included in the report are insights from a project evaluating courses aimed at people approaching later life, conducted with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch). Courses which use psychosocial skills like mindfulness, self-coaching and reflection can provide major benefits to employees’ wellbeing.
The Centre for Ageing Better is committed to supporting staff to plan ahead and to help employers avoid potential staff and skill shortages, as well as ‘cliff edge’ retirements.