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Great discussion at webinar on leading and managing age diverse workforces

by on February 26, 2015

Last night several colleagues and I waited tentatively in our separate homes to begin The Open University’s live Business Perspectives webinar.  We were joined by Martin Hall, Senior HR manager at BMW, who had also presented at the event in London the week before.

Predictably as the countdown to live began my technology failed but thankfully I was back on line a couple of minutes later!  During the webinar we watched videos from the London event and our host, Peter Wainwright, then invited Martin and I to comment on what we had seen and address questions from the 75 participants who joined us to watch live.  When not talking we also were able to interact with the participants via a text chat forum (actually we could technically have done it at the same time as talking but that was beyond my multi-tasking abilities).

So what themes emerged?  Inevitably a lot of the discussion was driven by the videos of the different presentations which included summaries from the talks at the London event:

  • Modern working environment (a CIPD perspective) – Peter Cheese
  • Managing age diversity (a legal perspective) – James Davies
  • Age in the automotive sector (a HR Managers’ perspective) – Martin Hall
  • Working longer (a public sector perspective) – Robyn Palmer and Paul Deemer

There was a lot of chat about the issues of stereotyping both older and younger workers, of the challenges of effective performance management and of how to ensure wellbeing at work across the working life.  Webinar participants shared their experiences of working with different ages and of being stereotyped themselves – with examples from both older and younger participants.

If you weren’t able to join live there will be an opportunity to catch up via the recording of the webinar which will be available via the Business Perspectives website.

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