Despite the lack of hands to work and vacant positions in many industries, people over 55 years of age still have very big problems finding suitable employment. Meanwhile, as it turns out, this state of affairs brings losses not only to these people themselves, but also to the Polish economy. It is forecast that greater professional activation of seniors in the long term could lead to an increase in GDP of about 66 billion dollars. It is worth considering how to use the potential of older employees?
It is estimated that, on average, young unemployed people look for their first or subsequent employment for about two months. The older the employee, the longer the period increases. For this reason, people in pre-retirement age rarely decide to change employers, even if they are not satisfied with the current working conditions and pay. Although these people usually have extensive professional experience, companies prefer to employ younger employees, as it is a cheaper solution for them. Compared to other European countries, Poland has been far behind in terms of professional activation of seniors for years. This will have to be changed in the near future given the unfavorable demographic trends.
Foreign companies are definitely more friendly to older workers. They use various facilities for seniors, for example in the form of providing them with the opportunity to enjoy flexible working hours or appropriate adaptation to their needs of the workplace. Taming these people with new technologies, on the other hand, is to create age-mixed teams. In this way, employees from different age groups learn different things to each other, acquiring new skills and abilities.