Stoke-On-Trent City Council: 2014 AARP Best Employers International Award Recipient
Publish Date: October
Stoke-On-Trent City Council
Industry: Municipal Government
Location: Stoke-On-Trent, England
Employees: 5,205; Percentage of age 50-plus employees: approximately 30 percent
Stoke-On-Trent is a city in the Western Midlands of England. The Beth Johnson Foundation and Public Health at Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been working together to deliver a comprehensive work program that will engage organizations across the city in ensuring their commitment to the Age-Friendly City (AFC) initiative of the World Health Organization, an effort to make Stoke-on-Trent “a great place to grow older.”
Stoke-On-Trent City Council is working closely with the Health Improvement Team to ensure that as an employer, the council itself leads the way as an age-friendly employer.
Generation and Talent Management
The Stoke-On-Trent City Council recognizes the importance of retaining older people in the workforce through the Workage Project, which is linked to a wide range of economic and social benefits related to knowledge and skills, productivity, financial security, health, and social inclusion. The council says that through the Workage Project, its targeted workplace interventions—such as improved job design and work organization—have had a measurable impact on employee engagement, performance, and well-being among the age 50-plus population.
Extending Working Years
The city council has also committed to working with Nottingham Trent University over the next 3 years on an EU research project to understand “what works” in terms of appropriate intervention that enables and encourages employees to defer retirement.