However, recent research indicates that age discrimination continues to be an issue in many Australian workplaces. The age at which workers are considered ‘older’ is becoming progressively younger, and about a quarter of Australian businesses say they are reluctant to hire older workers.**
Employers have a responsibility to prevent age discrimination in the workplace, but beyond that, managing multigenerational teams and ageism is critical to ensuring a productive and high-performing workforce.
Retaining older workers and tapping into the benefits of a multigenerational workforce brings many advantages for businesses and organisations, including the retention of organisational knowledge, diversity of skills and ideas, and enhanced productivity and innovation.
These training modules and resources will help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to age discrimination, and navigate strategies for hiring and retaining older workers and harnessing the power of multigenerational teams.
*Australian Human Resources Institute, Employing Older Workers Report, 2021.
**Australian Human Resources Institute, Employing Older Workers Report, 2021.
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