New EuroHealthNet policy brief highlights strategies to promote workplace wellbeing and protect older workers from psychosocial risks

21/10/2022

EuroHealthNet has launched a new policy brief offering six strategies for mitigating psychosocial risks to older workers’ (age 55-65+) health in the workplace. Promoting mental health at work is key to ensuring healthy and active ageing for all, stressed EuroHealthNet, as it can delay the need for care and prevent premature retirement and disability, Mounting evidence shows that workers’ health is affected by psychosocial risks, such as conflicting work-family life obligations, job insecurity and work-related stress.

Those with psychosocial challenges at work have higher rates of heart and cardiovascular problems, and can have increased sleep deprivation and depression. Older workers tend to experience more psychosocial risks than other age groups. Their skills may become outdated faster than they are able to re- and up-skill, and precarious working contracts can undermine their ability to build social and economic resources. Older workers more often report work-related health risks and have higher rates of sickness absence. But, notes EuroHealthNet, it does not have to be this way. When adequately supported and protected, older workers are an asset to an organisation, economy, and society.

The six suggested strategies are, in broad strokes:

• Encourage lifelong learning and development of diverse skillsets

• Offer options for flexible working

• Leverage "bidirectional" mentoring processes

• Offer flexible retirement structures

• Establish supportive policies and strengthen organisational capacities for health benefits

• Identify (mental) "health promotors" and promising programmes.

Read more, and download the policy brief, here: https://eurohealthnet.eu/publication/protecting-older-workers-from-psychosocial-risks-new-policy-brief-highlights-strategies-to-promote-workplace-wellbeing/