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Additional Steps to Taking Action:
1) Become a qualified trainer
Get continuing education credit* for watching these videos and become an authorized Age Friendly Workplace trainer. Here is a link to a website that will help you track your progress, get CE credit and become qualified to move your organization forward. On this website, you'll also find tools for developing action plans that will come in handy down the road.
2) Look at your organization's data
The trends that we highlight in our videos are developed from national data. There are any number of reasons why your organization may be different. If you have analytics capacity within your organization, you should take a look at your own data, including employee demographics, workers compensation data, discrimination claims data, health claims data and other relevant data types. If you don't have personnel who do that kind of work, we may be able to help you either by directing you to people who can help or (on a very limited basis) helping you with the analysis ourselves.
3) Develop an interdisciplinary team within your organization
Workforce aging impacts several aspects of your organization's functioning. Developing a plan for action should address as many of these aspects as possible. Unless you are a small business owner responsible for all of these functions, it makes sense to involve people from human resources, occupational health, facilities, worksite wellness and other departments you may think are relevant for developing an organization-specific action plan.
4) Share this website and its videos with team members
You can share these videos in multiple ways. You can show them at safety committee meetings or wellness committee meetings. You can organize focus groups with aging workers. But the people who probably need to see these videos the most are your aging workforce action team members. Even though the videos we have on this website are short, we know how busy people are. If you want, you can direct people to the videos that apply to their specific job duties. For instance, an facilities manager may be particularly interested in the videos on slip, trip and fall prevention and universal design.
5) Generate conversations with employees at your organization
The digital stories you can find on this website (under the tab labeled "Stories") are great for generating respectful, constructive dialogue about the complex nature of aging at work. These real-life stories touch on issues including intergenerational issues, workplace safety and difficult retirement decisions. If you share these stories at wellness meetings, safety meetings or focus groups, you can get employees' ideas about what they need and want to age well.
6) Develop an action plan
Every organization works differently. Some are into LEAN, some aren't. Some have complex project management software packages that everyone uses, some don't. Whatever your organization's process is for managing change, you can use the checklists and action planning tools we developed (available through the link above) to develop a plan to make your workplace more age-friendly.
7) Evaluate your progress
Part of your action plan should include metrics or goals to help you determine whether your age-friendly action plan is having a positive (or negative!) effect on the health, safety and well-being of your workers, as well as the sustainability of your enterprise.
Ken Scott, MPH firstname.lastname@example.org
* We are currently in the process of applying for continuing education credits for HR professionals, occupational health nurses, occupational medicine physicians, Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Professional Ergonomists and Certified Industrial Hygienists. We will update this page as soon as we can offer those credits.