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Inclusive Human Resources Management Practices for Older Workers

The aging of both the population and the workforce is a global issue that has created concern about labour and skill shortages. In Europe, if nothing is done, there could be only one person employed for every retiree by 2050; at the same time the labour market could shrink by nearly 15%. This might come with heavy costs to companies’ competitiveness, to the viability of the social security systems and to the social cohesion of our communities, as the older generationis the group more vulnerable to poverty.

One way to address this problem is to encourage Older Workers to continue to participate in the workforce for a longer period of time. Previous research has clearly shown that older workers can be active members of society and that they can contribute decisively to organisations’ competitiveness and development. 

In December 2013 the project consortium had the first international project meeting in Rotterdam. The meeting was organized by the project coordinator in the Rotterdam School of Management. The partners had the opportunity to analyze the project application, divide responsibilities and plan in detail all project tasks and activities.