Employmentin eCare & the Ageing Society

Successful participation in working life has a strong impact on life satisfaction, not just for older people. In line with Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the vita activa, work is one of the defining elements of the human condition. Although often regarded as a simple given fact, ageing presents unique challenges and opportunities in the employment domain, first of all for older employees themselves, but also for their friends and family, and their employers, as well as for society, a country's pension system and its wider economic performance.

Being able to remain in employment until retirement age can be an important source of self-affirmation for older people, with positive impacts on health and wellbeing. It can also be an economic necessity, whenever employees or family members depend on the income. From the point of view of a company, older employees can be an invaluable source of experience and knowledge with an important role to play in customer relations, production teams, co-worker education and other areas. At the same time, ageing can lead to a decrease in productivity, especially in jobs demanding high physical and/or mental performance. Without innovation to better attune work organisation to an ageing workforce, employers may feel themselves hard-pressed to retain older workers.

We support policy making on ageing and employment, and also provide expertise to companies in need of organisational innovation, for example in adapting business processes and work patterns to increases in the share of older employees. Our experience ranges from the analysis of labour markets to the development of highly effective methods and IT tools for use in companies. We specifically address issues of work-life balance for employees in need of flexibility. For example, we implement measures to strengthen resilience and reduce the burden of care for people with caring responsibilities (informal or family carers), accompanied by systems-level innovation to better integrate informal carers in the professional care loop.  We also have a long track record in enabling organisations to implement IT-supported, flexible forms of work such as smart work / working from home.

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eCare & Ageing

100 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award goes to...

eHealth

Dr. Veli Stroetmann, Head of eHealth Research & Policy at empirica, has been named one of the 100 leading figures in healthcare worldwide.

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eCare & Ageing

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An EHTEL success story: the INDEPENDENT pilot in Ireland

eCare & Ageing

An EHTEL success story: the INDEPENDENT pilot in Ireland

eHealth

empirica-led project INDEPENDENT was invited by EHTEL to submit a success story for presentation on the EHTEL website.

EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

eCare & Ageing

EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

eSkills & Work

EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

Inclusive Society

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin, has published a report authored by WRC and empirica on the basis...

empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

eCare & Ageing

empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

eSkills & Work

empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

Inclusive Society

empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been awarded and started the second phase of the Work+Care project for the EuroFound

Process model for the development, implementation and...

eCare & Ageing

Process model for the development, implementation and...

eSkills & Work

The Active@Work process model divides the promoting of active ageing at work into clear phases and activities in order to help planning and...

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