Working Late

Strategies to Enhance Productive and Healthy Environments for the Older Workforce

A collaborative research project funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme

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NDA Findings 22

September 25th, 2013

Please find the New Dynamics of Ageing Findings Document for the Working Late Project below.

The Working Late project has raised the profile of the ageing workforce and produced new knowledge of how organisational policy and practice impacts on the employment experiences of older workers. Investigating experiences of older job seekers has highlighted some of the ways employers may discriminate on the basis of age. The journey to work and the options, enablers and barriers workers may face were investigated and a travel resource was generated to help identify and manage commuting problems. The research evaluated employees’ experiences of previous workplace health promotion initiatives and used the results to inform the development of a new and innovative physical activity intervention. The Walking Works Wonders intervention was designed, implemented and evaluated in work sites across the UK. Results showed that it improved health, productivity and quality of working life, and now considerable scope exists for many more employees and organisations to benefit from this intervention. Finally a web resource: the Organiser for Working Late (OWL) was developed to support workers and managers using tools that aid communication in relation to good design and ergonomics, promoting an inclusive workplace and facilitating later life working.