Neil Budworth discusses the ticking of a demographic time bomb

3 Aug

If you listen very closely you may be able to hear it, a gentle ticking. The ticking of a demographic time bomb. The fact is that we are all growing older, and as we age so does the average age of the population.

We all now know that we will have to work longer and the fact is that as we age we are more likely to be affected by chronic (long term ) conditions. As the average age of the workforce increases then increasingly health becomes a business issue. We will need to get better at managing these long terms conditions in the workplace as they become more common.

 It is against this background that new guides (one for employers and one for individuals) have been produced by the Department of Health as part of the Responsibility Deal. The guides have been developed to help an individual who has a chronic condition know their rights and how to approach their employer, they also explain that in most cases work is good for you and so continuing to work, can in the long term be the best thing to do. The employers’ guide give useful advice on what your legal responsibilities are, and what as a good employer you can do to support your valued employee.

Both guides also have extensive lists of organisation where you can get help and support relating to particular health conditions. The fact is that helping people manage their long term health condition in the work place can help you to safeguard valuable skills and actually build employee loyalty. The practices in these guides are not just the right thing to do, they are also the sensible business thing to do. Check them out.

Advice for line managers on supporting employees with long-term medical conditions>>

Advice for employees on working with a long-term medical condition>>

About our guest blogger
Neil Budworth is the Corporate Health and Safety Manager for E.ON in the UK he is a visiting professor in occupational safety and health at Loughborough University  and is a Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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