Age-related Leadership - workshop for Managers who lead elder employees
Demographic change is a challenge for Europe. All over Europe the working population is decreasing, and a lot of employees do not work until the official retirement age. The employment rate in Europe in the age group from 56 to 65 years is the lowest worldwide (Tulloch, 2009). The population in the European countries gets older and in nearly all European countries later retirement is being discussed. Organizations in Europe need to keep the employees in the work process for longer. To keep employees healthy and trained in their working life is one precondition that managers have to support. Therefore, companies and managers need to understand how to handle the aging workforce. Studies (Eberhardt & Meyer 2011, Braedel 2005, Ilmarinen & Tempel 2002, Tuomi et al. 1997) have shown that leadership is the only significant factor that improves the work ability of older workers. Therefore it is important to train managers to lead older employees; concepts for “age-related leadership” are needed. Age-related Leadership project aims at developing an intercultural workshop and training concept addressed to managers in order to improve their knowledge and competencies in leading aging employees. The partnership aims to arise awareness about the demographic ageing issue as well as to improve their knowledge and competencies about individual aging processes. The workshop development is based on an intercultural analysis of age-related leadership and cultural characteristics within the involved countries.
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