Netspar Brief: Maintaining older workers’ job proficiency requires better HR policy

With the reforms to the Dutch pension system, employers and employees have had to accept the fact that workers must stay on the job longer. However, job opportunities are limited for older workers, while existing HR tools are inadequate for facilitating ongoing employment that is productive and enjoyable. Of particular concern is the fact that special provisions for older workers remain prominent in many places, whereas the types of HR tools that truly motivate people, such as offering education and training to help employees keep their skills up-to-date, are being cut back.

This Netspar Brief presents a study by Andries de Grip, Didier Fouarge, and Raymond Montizaan that shows how current HR policy needs to change to help people remain productive and happy on the job for longer. Andries de Grip summarizes the major findings in this video.

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Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.

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