Employers' offensive aimed at convincing 60-69 year olds to stay at work

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Management offensive aimed at convincing 60-69 year olds to stay at work

Between 75,000 and 90,000 people could be interested in returning to the job market or staying longer if they were offered more flexible conditions, estimates the Conseil du patronat du Québec.

Wishing to convince more experienced workers to stay at work or to return to it, the Quebec Employers Council is launching its “seduction of 60-69 year olds” project for companies .

This is a personalized support service offered to companies to help them find the best practices for attracting or keeping experienced workers in employment, in a context where a lot of people are working hard. employers are having difficulty recruiting labour.

In an interview on Friday, the President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat, Karl Blackburn, cited several measures that can encourage experienced workers to stay at work or return to it: flexible hours, part-time work, telecommuting, mentoring, less physically demanding tasks, for example.

The situation must be adapted to each company and to the experienced workers themselves.

It won't be a "one size fits all", if I may say so, and it will take a lot of flexibility, support, depending on certain workstations, a underlined Mr. Blackburn.

And the fact of going directly to companies, employers, to address these elements, to put in place best practices, that can certainly be an interesting tool for the future for a wider possible deployment, he said. -it added.

At his side, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Jean Boulet, pointed out that there had already been an increase in the number of workers aged 65 and over in employment. The number increased from 169,800 in May 2019 to 194,100 in May 2022.

Mr. Blackburn points out that this is a potential 75,000 to 90,000 people who could, under certain conditions, be interested in returning to or remaining in the labor market.

But the question of taxation will also have to be addressed for these employees, for whom it must be profitable to stay at work or to return to it, has already pleaded the Conseil du patronat du Québec.

Minister Boulet recalled that it will also be necessary to fight the prejudices and attitudes of some towards experienced workers.

We want to fight behaviors and perceptions, often, which are not entirely compatible with the needs of the labor market for experienced people, said Minister Boulet.

And both employers and unions will have to adapt to make more room for them, he said.

It will eventually require unions to be able to adapt to this reality There, to allow the tasks to be lightened for people aged 60-69, even if the job description is contained in the collective labor agreement. It can also make it possible to merge tasks: a person aged 60-69 could do a slightly more physically demanding job, but for a limited period during the day, for example, illustrated the minister.

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