A new survey shows employers need to do more to help older people remain in the workforce and those caring for older people.

Only 30 per cent of New Zealanders believe that older people are valued by society, and around 55 per cent of people believe our employers should do more to help older people remain in the workforce, according to an online survey of over 1000 adults carried out by YouGov Plc. on behalf of health and care provider Bupa.

Additionally, the trend towards staying employed longer is likely to continue, with 68 per cent of New Zealanders concerned with having enough money as they get older.

Should employers do more to help older people remain employed?

Over half of the New Zealanders surveyed believe employers should do more to help people remain employed as they get older. Employers could improve on the measures identified in the survey, such as providing greater flexibility in working arrangements – including being able to work from home or enabling changes or breaks in job arrangements. According to those surveyed employers could also support employees to keep working as they age, providing opportunities to exercise, access to medical advice, health insurance and mental health support.

Providing support for carers

An ageing population means the percentage of elderly family members and relatives that need care is also on the rise. Of those surveyed, the majority (69 per cent) said they felt responsible for taking care of their elderly parents and more than half (56 per cent) felt that employers could do more to support people who are looking after elderly family members. This number is even higher for women, with 62 per cent of females believing that employers should provide support for this caring responsibility, whereas only 50 per cent of men felt this was necessary.


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