The Next Frontier – Becoming an Age Friendly Employer

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Wed 4 Oct, 2017 - 2:15pm

The Next Frontier – Becoming an Age Friendly Employer of Choice

Wednesday 4 October | 2.15pm to 5pm
Light afternoon tea on arrival and workshop
Venue: Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf & Pavilion, Paraparaumu
Cost: Members $25 – Non members $40

The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce, in association with Kapiti Coast District Council is delighted to be hosting an experienced manager, facilitator and consultant recognised for his strategic and future thinking skills in the field of age and work, Geoff Pearman of Partners in Change.

Business owners, operations managers, employers in all industries & culture, Government agencies and HR and health & safety professionals are invited to this workshop.

Older workers are set to play an even greater role in the workplace. They are not celebrating their 65th birthday, retiring in droves and quietly heading off into the golden years of retirement. They are staying on through choice and necessity. In fact, 43% of people aged 65-69 are still working in NZ, this will increase.

The next frontier for companies aspiring to be employers of choice may well be to become an age friendly employer of choice. This workshop will explore the implications of the age wave for organisations.

Topics to be presented:

  • The ageing of the workforce – risks and opportunities?
  • A new paradigm – rethinking age and work
  • Practical solutions to challenging situations 

About the Presenter

Geoff Pearman | Consultant, Speaker, Trainer, Author and Managing Director Partners in Change

Geoff Pearman 

Geoff is an experienced manager, facilitator and consultant recognised for his strategic and future thinking skills. He initiate’s and implements complex organisational change and develops innovative approaches to programme and service delivery.

Working full time in his consultancy since June 2013 Geoff has now established a successful Trans-Tasman business in the field of age and work. Partners in Change has clients in sectors as diverse as health, financial services, education, utilities, transport, tourism, manufacturing, construction, social services and central and local government. They have assisted over 90 employers of all sizes to develop mature aged workforce action plans.

Geoff’s skills have been developed through leadership roles in the university, government and human services sectors. His career has seen him working in both New Zealand and Australia. He has tertiary education qualifications in sociology, social work, adult education and training and development. Geoff published his book DOING IT DIFFERENTLY – Life and Work After 50 last year. Now based in Dunedin, Geoff works with associates and colleagues in Brisbane, Tasmania, Auckland and Hawke’s Bay.

Background to Age & Work in Kapiti

In 2016 there were 5,262 self-employed people in Kāpiti, which amounted to nearly a third (31.2%) of total employment. The national self-employment rate is 18% and the regional rate is 15.9%.

Infometrics has identified that the self-employed in Kāpiti tend to be of an older age and do a diverse range of things. The median age for self-employment in 2016 was 52.1 years, with males somewhat older (53.2) than females (50.6).

The highest group of self-employed is in construction and in manufacturing. We tend to think we have a lot of professional service experts like accountants, lawyers and tech experts here – we do, but not as many as construction and manufacturing workers. Self-employed males are the predominant group – probably reflecting the high number of construction workers which includes ‘tradies’.

The numbers of self-employed in Kāpiti are increasing year on year, suggesting that Kāpiti is the place where entrepreneurs want to live. The work-life balance and multiple, easy transport options on offer here are second to none.

Interestingly, women who are self-employed tend to be aged 40-54 (men 50-64) which suggests women tend to work from home while their children are young. Once the children are semi-independent they are more likely to go back to employed work, whereas men wait until the children leave home before they work for themselves.

All of this is reflective of our demographic profile. In 2013 the dominant age structure in Kāpiti was 50-54 year olds. Population growth from 2013-2028 is forecasted to be in the age group 75-79, with the largest age group in 2028 being 65 to 69.

Today people are living on average of 20 years longer than 50 years ago. This is causing a rethink to the traditional 20-40-10 paradigm of life; that is, around 20 years of education and training, 40 years of work, family, getting ahead and the 10 years of the so called ‘golden dream’– the reward for the hard years of work – ‘retirement’.

Increased longevity means it is no longer 10 years of the ‘golden years’ as we are doing this stage of our lives differently. In New Zealand 45% of people aged 65-69 are still working, and this will only increase with people staying on at work through choice and from financial necessity.

This event is delivered by Kapiti Chamber of Commerce in Association with Kapiti Coast District Council

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