Opinion: retirement move opens age debate

first_img Previous Article Next Article Opinion: retirement move opens age debateOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Governmentproposals to abolish compulsory retirement at 65 put the issue of ageism underclose scrutinyThenature of retirement needs to change to reflect the evolving shape anddemographics of the 21st century workplace. There is nothing new in this.Members of the Employers Forum on Age have for a number of years campaigned forflexible retirement. Lastweek’s headlines announcing government plans to scrap the fixed national age ofretirement is part of this debate. The wide media coverage is encouraging, notjust because it raises awareness of forthcoming legislation on agediscrimination, but also because it creates a public debate about retirementages that desperately needs to be heard. TheUK economy can no longer afford the culture of early retirement that has builtup since the 1980s – and many individuals can no longer afford to retire intheir 50s, even with a modest occupational pension.Removingmandatory retirement is not impossible. It has been done successfully in NewZealand and the US after a significant period of transition. To date we haveheard nothing to suggest that UK employers would not be allowed the sametransition period to enable them to adjust policies and manage employeeexpectations and culture.Abolishingmandatory retirement at 65 requires extensive discussion with employers,because it signifies a major shift in the way many run their businesses.Managingthe process of retirement sensitively should not be considered impossible.Enlightened employers are developing policies that allow staff to continueworking for as long as they wish and are able to do the job. Well-designed andeffective management and appraisal systems should overcome most concerns.  Someemployers may think abolishing mandatory retirement will impact on theirability to manage a flow of new employees into the workforce. They may alsoargue that they will be forced to tackle declining performance in olderworkers, whereas before they may have taken a less stringent approach in therun-up to retirement. Butthe EFA notes that employers – particularly the larger ones – should be able tomanage the size and balance of their workforce as well as the performance ofall employees, irrespective of age.TheEU employment directive does allow exceptions within domestic legislation, andover the next five years we need to have a comprehensive debate on wherediscretion is appropriate. Ageis never going to be a simple discrimination issue. It affects everyone atdifferent stages in their working lives and while it should not be used as aproxy for performance, we must acknowledge that as people become older theirexpectations and ability to do some types of work changes.Workingculture also needs to change. Today’s workplace is characterised by “burn-out”at 50 and the demand by many employees to get out as soon as they can affordto. With serious skills shortages, and fewer young people coming into theworkplace, this is an unsustainable situation.Beforethe debate on extending working lives commences, we need to get the issue intoperspective. Not only are there strong social and economic reasons forencouraging people to work longer, but many individuals who have passed theirnormal retirement ages are still perfectly able to fulfil their duties. Thereis no rational reason to exclude them from employment. Theconcept of retirement at 65 was created in very different circumstances tothose that exist today. People are healthier, live longer and the workplace isless physically demanding. Peoplehave children later and at 65 may still be putting them though university orpaying a mortgage. Flexibility will suit most individuals and employers – weare not talking about forcing people to work to their dying day.Allowingpeople to retire when they choose presents a solution to the economics ofdemographic change that will suit employers and individuals. The key to thesuccessful abolition of mandatory retirement is flexibility and choice. Itis clear there are numerous issues to consider before mandatory retirement canbe abolished. But the EFA is delighted that this very debate sends a clearsignal that individuals have a valuable contribution to make beyond 65.SamMercer is the campaign director of the Employers Forum on Age [email protected] Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Championship gives £1000 boost to England Golf Trust

first_img The England Golf Trust, which supports young people in financial need to play golf, has received a £1000 boost from the Club Team Championship.A proportion of the entry fees for the England Golf championship was earmarked for the Trust and a cheque was presented today to chairman Di Horsley, after the final at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.The final, involving mixed club teams from all over the country, was the first event of England Golf Week, which celebrates handicap golf.“This is fantastic.” said Di, who received the cheque from England Golf President-elect John Williams (image © Leaderboard Photography). “It’s very nice that this contribution comes from club players and that it will be going back to help young people play at grass roots level.”The England Golf Trust was launched last year to provide grants and bursaries for young men and women in education or aged up to 21. It replaced and extended the work of the former EWGA Trust.This year the Trust has made 29 grants worth £9200, with 12 going to boys. In October it will also award three bursaries, including the new England Golf Bursary which is available to both male and female applicants, in or entering full-time education at a higher or further education college or university, studying for a golf related qualification.Two other bursaries, the Uzielli and Bellamy Bursaries, are available to women only. Applications for all three bursaries should be made by September 1. Click here for further details. 8 Aug 2016 Championship gives £1000 boost to England Golf Trust last_img read more

Here’s how Ravindra Jadeja reacted to his gravity defying catch against New Zealand

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter/APAdvertisement mgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgv8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eebnk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hpnnbWould you ever consider trying this?😱a3bl5Can your students do this? 🌚ee5mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day of the second match of the Test series against New Zealand series has seen its closure today, and although the Indian batting order once gained failed to make a mark in the second innings, significantly better performance was observed from them during the hosts’ first innings. Along with joint marvel from Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, one of the most talked about topics from the match was Ravindra Jadeja’s super human catch. Before starting the second innings, the superstar cricketer worded in his reaction from the startling catch.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter/APWhile a marvellous performance from the Indian bowlers bundled the Kiwis on 235, at tea, all eyes were on Ravindra Jadeja for his superhuman effort. The fielder was present for an interview session, where he said: “I was expecting him (Wagner) to score towards deep square leg. But I didn’t expect the ball to come at that pace. It came so quickly with the wind and I just stuck my hand out.”“I didn’t even realise when I took the catch. We bowled well as a unit. We will look to bat well and bowl them out again,” Jadeja added.Advertisement This was Shami’s third pick of the match, as the pacer secured a total of four. Other than picking Wagner, the 29 year old dismissed Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Kyle Jamieson.Jadeja is renowned for his amazing skills as a fielder, and today’s show stopping effort from the Team India all rounder was seen in the 72nd over at Hagley Oval. Facing Shami’s delivery, Neil Wagner went for a pull towards the square leg, where Jadeja was in position. The 31 year old jumped unbelievably high, and caught the ball with only his left hand.Advertisement The Indian fielders were left ashook with such a marvellous display of fielding abilities from the veteran, and along with the startled spectators, even Wagner, who left the pitch on 21, was astounded on Jadeja’s expertise.Check out the jaw dropping catch in the clip below, courtesy to Twitter user @Sourav206.Ravindra Jadeja. Take a bow!. What a catch!. Stunner!. #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/Pe1JIeHENm— Sourav20 (@Sourav206) March 1, 2020In addition to the spectacular catch, Jadeja also had an impressive spell with the ball, securing the vital wickets of Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme.Also read-Twitter goes berserk as Ravindra Jadeja produces one of the all time great catches to dismiss Neil Wagner!New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Shami and Bumrah’s efforts go to waste as Indian batsmen bite the dust Advertisementlast_img read more