HR Tips & Answers

The Benefits of Experience!

Are you looking for more staff?

Don’t discount the “grey stuff on top” or lack of it!

In other blogs that we have written recently we talked about doing a skills audit of your current staff and the training and upskilling of your staff.

In this blog we are going to explore the “grey” workforce who may be an option for you to consider.

Firstly, I fit into that demographic, i.e. I am grey haired and over 70 years old and I am still working, (part time) not only for WorkBetter but also two other organisations.

So, why am I still working?  Firstly I enjoy it, the work that I do is interesting, also I have the social contact of working and certainly the dollars do not go astray.

When talking with others who have stepped back from fulltime work and are now working part time, they have a spring in their step and a sparkle in their eye when they talk about the work that they are involved in.

Some are working in factories, some in agriculture, others retail, hospitality, administration and transport just to mention a few.

They are often:

  • Multi skilled, loyal, willing to work odd shifts, punctual, engaging and turn up to the place of employment with a smile on their face and a good attitude.
  • But most of all they create enthusiasm and happiness in the workplace.
  • And that is just the start of the list of benefits.

The skills and enthusiasm that they bring to their respective employers and clients of the business is beyond comprehension.

So again. Do a skills audit of your business. Once you have that it place, you can see your specific needs or opportunities you haven’t thought of before.

If you see that is an option, would a person who is of the older demographic fit the role?

Could an older person who is wanting to work part time fill that role or what about job share?  Could it be the perfect opportunity for training up another employee; there is nothing worse than losing years of knowledge from a business!

If so, start asking around your friends and colleagues do they know anyone who may be suitable for the roles.  A personal referral is always a great place to start.  The person being offered the role must win the position on their merits. You are not running a charity, and even if you are anyone you employ, be they older, younger or somewhere in between, must be able to bring value to your business.

If you find the perfect older worker, don’t forget they must be employed like everyone else with an appropriate contract of employment and paid correctly.

Believe me, It may be one of your best decisions, but then I am a little biased ?.

As always, we are here to help you. If you wish to discuss your situation, give us a call on 02 6009 1000

Cheers Will and the WorkBetter Team

Published: Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

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