We are looking to find out older workers’ views on issues relating to ageism in the workplace. Is it harder to find a job when you are older and, if so, what do you think needs to change to make for a more level playing field?
Are you over 50? If so, what has been your experience of work and looking for work, particularly during the Covid pandemic?
Amid concerns about the impact of Covid-19 on young people’s jobs and statistics showing older workers are another group that is likely to be disadvantaged, our sister site workingwise.co.uk wants to find out how older workers view their workplace, whether they face ageist attitudes at work and what employers offer in terms of support.
The employee/candidate survey covers everything from the importance of choosing an age-friendly employer, potential discrimination, multigenerational mixing in the workplace, perceptions of how younger colleagues view older workers and vice versa, training opportunities, opportunities to change career path, a sense of being valued, job search and career breaks.
The employer survey focuses on what kind of support employers might offer, from mid-career reviews, retraining opportunities, reverse mentoring and career change to menopause workshops as well as whether they monitor for the age-related impact of policies and practice, for instance, around redundancy decisions.
A spokesperson for UBS said: “We are sponsoring this survey because we recognise that there is enormous value in enabling our employees to have lasting life-long careers with UBS and with that, supporting them through whichever obstacles and changes they’re presented with through their whole career – from changing caring responsibilities to menopause, right through to phased retirement.”
A spokesperson for the The Financial Services Compensation Scheme, stated: “The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) helps people get back on track by protecting them when authorised financial services firms fail. We’re independent, cover all regulated financial services in the UK, and since our launch in 2001 we’ve come to the aid of millions of people and paid out billions in compensation. We’re committed to creating a truly inclusive workplace where everyone can succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals. Every job is flexible, our colleagues age from 17 to 73, and we’re in the Top 50 Most Inclusive Employers in the UK. Our award-winning approach has been shaped by engaging our people so we’re proud to sponsor the workingwise.co.uk survey.”
The surveys come after the launch of a new Stop Ageism campaign, which workingwise.co.uk is partnering with. The campaign involves a range of different partners who are working to tackle ageism in areas including health, housing and work.