Age-Friendly Workplace Resources

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Age-Friendly Workplace Initiative – Start with the campaign page, where you can find:

  • links to information debunking myths about older workers
  • the business case for intergenerational workplaces
  • video presentation for jobseekers 50+

We’ve also conducted some of our own research related to intergenerational workplaces:

Benefits of Older Individuals in the Workforce – 3 Illustrative Examples – December 2019, James McKinnon – Both older workers and the economy benefit when older adults are able to work. This paper provides data-based models of how retirement choices, policies, age discrimination and other factors intersect to influence economic security for older adults and the economy as a whole.

Older Worker Program Examples – Colorado
Older Worker Program Examples – Outside Colorado
January 2020, Karen Brown – Read our lists of programs that support older workers in Colorado and beyond.

Economic Impact of Ageism in Colorado’s Workplaces: Denver Disparities and Workplace AgeismMay 2020, Erin Baran, Nicole Johnston, Lauren Pfefferle, Lauren Sadler, University of Colorado School of Public Affairs – Infographic overview of research on the economic impact of the intersection of gender discrimination and ageism, including gender disparities in retirement and pay equity.

Generational Shifts in Life Expectancy & Retirement – December 2020, James McKinnon – Our increase in lifespan means that individuals, policy-makers and employers need to rethink the traditional pathway of education, career and retirement. The impacts are both personal and economic and warrant shifts in policies and assumptions. Modeling illustrates the issues and possible solutions.

Colorado 50+ Workforce Survey – December 2020, Joining Vision & Action – CTN and JVA conducted a state-wide Colorado survey of older adults who were working or looking for work in 2020 to determine their motivations, the challenges they face, and what is needed to engage this underutilized workforce.


The Encore Network

The Encore Network Employers Guide to Engaging Older Workers

A number of studies in the last decade decisively demonstrate the value of older workers to employers and to the economy. But most employers are not yet aware of them. The research comes from scattered sources and the findings are not organized for easy access.

So, The Encore Network designed the Age-Friendly Employers Guide — a single-source, easy-to-use resource for employers. This breakthrough Guide makes the case for older workers but also lists the policies and practices that age-friendly employers use to attract and retain older workers.

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Overlooked & Sidelined: Workers at the Intersection of Age, Race, and Gender

“Overlooked and Sidelined: Workers at the Intersection of Age, Race, and Gender” from CWI Labs and WorkingNation is a digital magazine examining the world of work for older workers and job seekers. Their vision is an inclusive, multigenerational workforce where every adult job seeker can hone their skills and experience to meet local demand and take full advantage of opportunities to achieve and sustain economic security. Through a combination of in-depth reporting, personal narratives, and expert analysis, Overlooked and Sidelined uncovers the systemic barriers that prevent many older workers, especially women of color, from achieving their full potential.

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