The Mature Workforce Initiative aims to dispel misconceptions about mature workers’ mental and physical fitness. Far from being worn out by their first careers, they remain interested in and committed to active participation in society. The Mature Workforce Initiative recognizes these shifting expectations, and researched methods companies can use to assess and improve the cognitive fitness of older workers, how older workers work smarter than their younger colleagues, and support systems organizations can provide to keep workers of all ages performing optimally.
Your Brain at Work: Making the Science of Cognitive Fitness Work for You was produced in conjunction with the Dana Foundation, one of the leaders in researching neurological functions. This guide and its companion website update, YourBrainAtWork.org, offers tips to help workers of all ages build their brain power and keep it strong as they age. Recommendations range from lifestyle issues to helping workers understand the way they learn best. Employers have much to gain from reading Your Brain at Work as well.
The Mature Workforce Initiative’s legal guide Putting Experience to Work: A Guide to Navigating Legal and Management Issues Relating to a Mature Workforce offers a stark reminder that assuming an older worker is not healthy enough to work can send an employer down a dangerous path. This guide reiterates, through clear language and hypothetical examples, an employer’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Report credit: Mary Young, with Diane Piktialis, and Anna Rappaport, Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce, The Conference Board, Research Report 1409, p. 43, 2007.