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More than half of mature workers—those age 50 and older—have a desire to keep working after they turn 65, but on their own terms.

That’s according to results from a joint study by Ceridian and CARP,Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement.

“Mature professionals are often overlooked based on assumptions that they are too old to keep up with the times and may cost a company more in terms of benefits,” says Ross Mayot, vice-president and general manager with CARP.

“Employers need to realize that the age of the worker does not define capability, negate the willingness to learn or adapt, or automatically mean increased benefits costs.”

To retain and recruit these productive and skilled workers, the study recommends that employers need to be prepared to address mature workers’ health concerns.

Adopting a progressive approach to workplace wellness contributes to a healthier aging population and can help make it easier for companies to extend health benefits beyond traditional retirement age—a desire of nearly half (48%) of the study’s respondents.

According to the study, the traditional nine-to-five, five-day workweek doesn’t appeal to many who are choosing to work beyond retirement age. Forty-six percent of respondents want non-traditional work arrangements such as flexible hours and job-sharing, and 41% would like phased-in retirement options.

Mature workers also want to protect their health with benefits that extend beyond the age of 65. The good news for employers is that the overwhelming majority of mature workers rate themselves to be in excellent or good health; just 4% report chronic health issues.

“This means, employers can invest in health and wellness programs now and reduce the substantial costs associated with prescription drugs and other healthcare services later,” states the report.

The vast majority of mature workers are looking for assistance with routine health maintenance measures, especially getting more exercise, better nutrition and weight loss.

Stress is a minor concern for mature workers and should allow “employers to divert some of their budget for any stress-related programming to more desired programs instead.”

Source:  Benefits Canada

A new generation of retirees is heading back to work. Here’s some advice on how to snag one of those encore jobs

Encore! Encore! One more time.

That’s what many retired Canadians want to do: Go back to work, try something new, perhaps with fewer hours and less pay, but find a way to keep active, stay engaged and get paid for it.

Longevity is rising, we’re healthier and so the traditional notion of retirement has faded. Some want to work because they have to and others because they want to.

But if our needs are changing, our employers aren’t keeping up with the times, says Adina Lebo, chair of the downtown Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP). Attitudes in the workplace are geared to forcing older workers out of full-time work and few employers have mechanisms to offer a transition to part-time work.

“The workforce is built to push people out at 65,” says Lebo, who joined CARP four years ago after a 30-year career in the film and TV industry. “While people are looking for a continuation of their career, or a way to apply their skills in a new area, the doors are often closed.”

CARP sponsored a job fair in Toronto last year to link employers with 50+ candidates. There was plenty of interest from companies with franchising and sales opportunities. The former requires an investment on your part and the latter uses your networks to sell products or services.

“There’s no ageism in sales,” says Lebo. “It’s on commission, so there’s no risk to the employer. They use you and your community to sell, so that was wide open.”

There are jobs out there for older works, but competition is stiff. For many, the first step is dusting off their resumes and polishing rusty interview skills.

Marie Bountrogianni, a former Ontario cabinet minister and currently Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, has some advice. Here are her five top job hunting tips for older workers.

Three things to avoid in an interview:

Talking about your age: “This is always tricky,” says Bountrogianni, who has a Ph.D. in education and was chief psychologist for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board before entering politics.

“Employers are not allowed to ask about your age, but they often hint at it. Talk around your age in constructive ways. [For example,] you can indicate that because you no longer have little children you have a lot of flexibility around scheduling.

Tipping your tech hand: “Be careful. Don’t just say you use Facebook and Twitter. Show how you have used social media to increase sales, or promote an event, so they won’t think you are on it all the time.”

Don’t say, I’m ready for a change: “While it may be very true, it sounds like you are bored, and have grown stale in your current job,” Bountrogiann says.

Two ways to spruce up your resume:

Age proof it: Don’t go back to the beginning of your career. Choose the experiences that relate to the job you are applying for. Do not put in specific dates for jobs or schooling.

Show what you have done: Use a functional, rather than chronological resume, so that you can bundle your experiences without dating them and relate skills to the job advertised.

Bountrogianni says employers want to know you’re not planning to coast at their expense.

They also want to know you are still current, so she advises taking courses in your field of interest and keeping up to date. Always have questions in an interview, because employers want you to be interested in them and about their job.

Bountrogianni is Ontario’s representative on Skills Connect Inc., a national non-profit organization founded by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in 2010. It receives government funding and owns ThirdQuarter, a national employment recruiter for people aged 45 and over. More agencies are working with older adults, including The Challenge Factory, which has offices in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa.

The Chang School offers programs of interest to 50+ workers. Wednesday, Bountrogianni is hosting a free breakfast between 8:30 and 10:30 as part of a panel discussion on aging in the workforce. It is being held at Heaslip House, 7th Floor, 297 Victoria Street.

Toronto Star

What is
Age Discrimination?


You’ve probably felt it before; when someone defines your abilities by your age, or assumes you can’t contribute because you’re too young or that you wouldn’t understand because you’re too old. That’s age discrimination, and it’s getting worse.

Age discrimination can happen to us all, but it hits older Australians hardest. New research has shown us that if you are over 55, you are 47% more likely to lose your job, more likely to suffer from mental health issues and more likely to be lonely.

Age discrimination is happening even as Australians are living, working and staying active for longer. It is holding us back at a time when mature Australians are becoming more and more vital for Australian business as employers, employees, producers and consumers. Age discrimination forgets that older Australians are the engine rooms of our communities, volunteering more hours than anyone else in the country, and that their experience, wisdom and generosity provides positive role models for us all.

We are all getting older, so it’s time to stop age discrimination before it stops us. Help us to put the positivity back into ageing.


At Work


Workplaces are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to age discrimination. That just doesn’t make sense, because they have the most to gain from mature Australians.

Our recent research found that a 5% increase in workforce participation of people over 55 would add $48 billion to the Australian economy. But even though older Australians employees have billions of dollars worth of skills and experience, they are still the most likely to be let go.

If you are an employer, we want to help resource you to recognise the power of oldness. Download our pack, and start making your workplace Age Positive today.


Australian Human Rights Commission Age Position