The Aging Workforce

950 WordsJun 2, 20174 Pages
Within any company wellness program there is a small number of employees that fall into this unfocused demographic. This demographic would consist of your aging workforce and those that have disabilities, which prevent them from having asses and or participating in a wellness program activity. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will help employers with the development of a well-rounded wellness program that will benefit all their employees. With the aging workforce these employees have reported difficulty with sight, hearing, and arthritis. This classifies them in a disability category. In 2010, 19.7% of the 45 to 54-year-old workforce and 28% of the 55 to 64-year-old reported having…show more content…
This will require the company’s Human Resource (HR) department to focus on the priorities of employees as they age and shift to a heavier focus their well-being over (Kooij, Guest, Clinton, Knight, Jansen, & Dikkers 2013). The aging workforce is the focus demographic for this literature review and is classified as any employee over the age of 40. This age was selected because the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only prohibits age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. We all are living longer which places a strain on the workforce and health care. It is predicted that by 2020 people over the age of 60 is projected to reach 1 billion and by 2050 almost 2 billion this representing 22 percent of the world’s population (Bloom, Canning, & Fink 2010), (Dall, Gallo, Chakrabarti, West, Semilla, & Storm 2013). The Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016 report the workforce of employees 45 and older at an all-time high of 44 percent (Tishman, Van Looy, & Bruyère 2012). This increase in older employees comes at the same time that the entry-level workforce is on a downward slide. This is all due to the downsizing of many labor positions in the workforce to the economical down turn of the past few years that has forced many older employees of retirement age to postpone their
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