Disruption could be good for workers in their 40s, 50s and 60s

There is no ‘business as usual’ as far as digital disruption is concerned, but one unique way organisations can prepare for such uncertainty is to employ more older workers.

According to recruiting experts Hays, while younger digital natives are often thought of as an organisation’s best response to the rapid pace of change, a workforce with older experienced employees is often more prepared to face change.

“When people talk of the skills an organisation needs in response to digital disruption there’s usually an assumption that it’s younger digital natives who are best suited to embrace technological change and adapt to new business models,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.

“Yes digital natives can grasp and make sense of the changes around them, but older professionals have the experience that allows decisions to be made and then deliver on agreed outcomes. When an organisation creates a diverse workforce – of younger digital natives as well as experienced professionals in their 40s, 50s and 60s from various industries – they have a team that will bring knowledge from various backgrounds to the challenges faced.

“Older professionals can also upskill to become digitally savvy and capable of responding to, or creating, disruption,” he said.

For many organisations, the challenge is how to react to disruption and maintain competitiveness.

Apart from age diversity, to respond to digital disruption Hays says organisations also need staff who can:

  • Innovate
  • Embrace agile working methods
  • Look for new opportunities
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Keep up with customer needs
  • Develop analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Take calculated risks
  • Translate data into usable and valuable insights

They also need to be able to do all this while delivering the agreed outcomes.

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As at 31 December 2016 the Group employed 9,600 staff operating from 251 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2016 Hays reported net fees of £810.3 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £181 million. Hays placed around 67,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 220,000 people into temporary assignments. 22% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

For the 2015-16 financial year Hays in Australia & New Zealand placed 12,200 people into permanent jobs, or 47 per day. We also filled nearly 62,000 temporary jobs, or 240 per day.

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