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The case studies collected here demonstrate some of the practical ways in which the challenges of an ageing workforce have been successfully addressed. They include an age management programme in a local government organisation in Finland, using performance reviews, management training and occupational healthcare provision to reduce sick leave and increase retirement age; the introduction of lifting equipment and changes to work organisation in a roofing microenterprise in Germany, with the aim of retaining older workers; and a programme providing new equipment and better lighting and improving work organisation in a Polish sewing plant that eliminated accidents, reduced absenteeism and increased precision.

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Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service (SOHAS) provides confidential support relating to job retention and rehabilitation to people with work-related ill-health. In 2009, SOHAS partnered with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Sheffield to provide specialist employment...See more

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09/03/2016
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Saarioinen, a Finnish manufacturer/distributor, had recognised an increase in prolonged sickness absence and early exit from work as a result of musculoskeletal disorders. In 2003, the company launched an age management programme aimed to reduce the costs associated with this problem. The...See more

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09/03/2016
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St. Olav’s Hospital employs 9,726 people, 2,000 of whom are aged over 55 years. Early retirement costs are high and the hospital wishes to retain experienced workers. While there is no legal requirement, St. Olav’s developed a senior policy in partnership with its trade unions and external...See more

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09/03/2016
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Service d’Aide aux Familles bruxelloises Asbl is a small, non-profit organisation supporting families during illness, disability or social distress. Of all its employees, 90 % are care workers, with 45 % over 45 years of age. Their work — supporting families in the home — is stressful, requires...See more

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09/03/2016
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DARTEX is a small sewing plant with 14 female employees working five-day single shifts. Repetitive tasks, performed seated, increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Safety and health issues impacted on productivity and customer satisfaction, as well as sickness-absence. In addition to...See more

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