workingwise.co.uk has launched two surveys, sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and UBS, in order to get a better understanding of the support – or not – available for older workers in the face of Covid-19.
Have you experienced ageism at work or in securing work or is your workplace an inclusive one where older workers can thrive?
As concerns mount about the impact of Covid-19 on jobs, with the young particularly badly hit at the moment and statistics showing older workers are another group that is likely to be disadvantaged, we want to find out how older workers view their workplace 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.