Challenges for Employees


Many employees in the UK have had their working lives mapped out relying on a State Pension at 60 or 65 and their retirement supported by Welfare Benefits backed up by timely NHS treatment when needed.

Work injury formAll that is set to change.

  • Employees are facing extended working lives with today`s 30 year olds having to work until they are 69 before qualifying for a State Pension (and private pensions facing a similar actuarial problem)
  • They will face increasing employment demands as jobs become more complex with mounting productivity pressures.
  • The physical and mental health and wellbeing of older employees will need to be carefully nurtured to cope with these new demands.
  • Rapid access to medical diagnosis and treatment will be essential for employees to get back to work without undue delays after periods of medical absence.
  • Long delays in receiving NHS treatment requiring hospitalisation (20 + weeks in 2013) could have an employment threatening impact on older workers.

All Employees will need to recognise the importance of their own health and wellbeing and its impact on productivity and attendance levels.

Where possible they should work with their employers to deal with issues of diet, weight, smoking/drinking, fitness, access to routine medical services, and coping with more serious illness as this will play a key role in their long term employment future.

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