Inclusive HR – creating added value from an ageing workforce

Inclusive HR – creating added value from an ageing workforce

An ageing workforce is now acknowledged to be a global issue, and concerns are being raised about shortages of labour and skills. The labour market could shrink by nearly 15% by 2050 in Europe, and if nothing is done, for every retiree there might be only one person employed. This would come at a high price for the competitiveness of companies, for social security systems, and to social cohesion. Human Resource managers are in a key position to help organisations deal with the challenges of an ageing workforce, and they will need tools to deal with new and future needs in organisations.  

Inclusive HR management focuses on studying the challenges that come with creating a blended workforce within an organisational culture that encourages empowerment and career development; where managing talent is rooted in a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and provides opportunities for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

During this evening event, we will present the new findings of The Erasmus Centre for HR Excellence, showing that steps towards diversity are often motivated more by necessity than by idealism. We will also focus on how key success factors for managing an ageing workforce can actually help create added value for HR.

The practical side will be illustrated by two speakers from Rijkswaterstaat. This state organisation is responsible for the Netherlands’ main infrastructure facilities, and acknowledges the need to explore the consequences of its ageing workforce. Rijkswaterstaat’s HR professionals will share and present their new knowledge and experiences from the past few years, as well as their current policies for sustainable employability and age management; these are insights that will be beneficial for other organisations.