Thursday, January 27, 2011

United Kingdom: Employers Need To Plan for Effect of Aging Population on Workplace

A new discussion paper issued by Acas suggests that employers in the United Kingdom need to start planning now for the effects an aging population will have on the workplace. According to "The future of workplace relations--An Acas view," as more and more people live longer, workers will experience increased pressure as they juggle work with caring duties for elderly relatives, which in turn wil lead to an increase in requests for flexible working and part time hours to help meet eldercare as well as childcare responsibilities.

Among other things, the Acas paper explores the changes to the workplace over the next ten years and looks at the:
  • changing profile of the workforce;
  • fragmentation of the employment relationship;
  • employees experience at work;
  • future challenges for trade unions in the workplace;
  • the rise of rules, regulations, and individual litigation;new challenges in managing the workforce;
  • new channels for employee voice; and taking conflict seriously.
Source: Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) News Release (January 26, 2011)

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