Older workers are the key to avoiding a “talent gap”, BITC argues


Tensor time and attendance systems for absence monitoring

Older workers who’re still fully capable to work are the key to preventing a genuine “talent gap” if they’re supported and flexible working options are made available to them, Business in the Community (BITC) has recently stated.

The organization has urged businesses and the government to address the problems of over-50s employment, as more than 1 million older workers have been forced out of employment, often due to factors such as ill health or redundancy.

BITC’s Missing Millions report calls for a “long-term, strategic approach to recruiting and retaining older workers”, as the UK is facing a “recruitment black hole of 7.5 million”, according to the organization’s director.

The group also issued a series of recommendations for employers, such as addressing barriers to recruitment of older workers through unconscious bias training and opening up apprenticeships to older people, innovating around agile working, job design and tailored benefits and adapting training and development for an age-diverse workforce.

Furthermore, the organization has also urged the UK government to better integrate health and social care services with employers and employment support services, and also to legislate for the right to request flexible working prior to a role starting, rather than after 26 weeks.

Tensor Time and Attendance – the perfect solution for flexible working

Flexible working can include a range of options, including working from home, doing flexitime or compressing hours, all of which can allow people to balance personal responsibilities with work.

All the companies that consider offering their employees flexible working options should also implement the required workforce management systems beforehand, and this is specifically where Tensor’s WinTA.NET solution could put its market-leading efficiency to very good use.

From simple determination of overtime by the number of daily hours worked, to the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met, WinTA.NET can supply working rules to calculate the correct result. The system contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can receive reports stating how many contracted hours they have yet to work.

Additionally, by using a Tensor Smart Card and input device (keypad, barcode scanner etc), workers can book time against multi-tiered jobs to produce a fully costed analysis and breakdown of time spent on each job. Reports show jobs that are over budget or those approaching their budget limit. This information can also be exported to a spreadsheet.

If you’d like to find out more about the WinTA.NET Time and Attendance monitoring and management solution, just contact us or Book a Demo, we’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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