According to the Benchmark, 46% of Irish workers--the most of any European nation surveyed--report they never really expected to retire at 65 and expected to be working longer than their parents. This is closely followed by the British and Danish (44%) and the Dutch (41%). On the other hand, workers in other countries, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium, showed a much lower tolerance towards working longer, with the Spanish being the most reluctant to retire later: just 18% say they have accepted this position.
The German workers are the most pragmatic, with 49% saying they will take advantage of financial products on the open market, such as annuities, at their own expense in order to be able to retire at the age they had originally planned.
Oliver Rowlands, head of retirement, EMEA, at Aon Consulting commented:
European employers should be aware that older workers bring a wealth of experience and may want to adopt a strategy for accommodating part-time working or job-sharing, for example.Source: AON Consulting News Release (April 26, 2010)
But employers need to do more than this if they are going to grapple with an ageing workforce. Health and wellness initiatives such as employee assistance lines (a service for employees offering free counseling and professional advisory services), flexible benefits, occupational health initiatives and flexible working days, are all ways of helping to ensure the health and welfare of an ageing staff.