Recruitment or retention of employment | Employers want to attract 60 to 69 year olds

(Montreal) To persuade more experienced workers to stay or return to work, the Conseil du patronat is launching its “Seduction of 60-69 year olds” project.

Posted at 11:05 am

Lia Levesque
The Canadian Press

This is a personalized support service for companies to help them find the best practices to attract and retain experienced workers in a context where many employers are struggling to recruit workers.

In an interview on Friday, the President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat, Karl Blackburn, identified several measures that can encourage experienced workers to stay in or return to work: flexible working hours, part-time work, teleworking, mentoring, less, for example, physically demanding tasks .

The situation must be adapted to each company and to the experienced employees themselves.

“It’s not going to be ‘one size fits all’, if I do say so myself, and it will require a lot of flexibility and support depending on specific jobs,” said Mr. Blackburn.

“And the fact of going directly to companies and employers to address these elements and introduce best practices can certainly be an interesting tool for the future to enable wider application,” he said, adding.

At his side, the Minister for Labor and Employment, Jean Boulet, pointed out that the number of workers aged 65 and over had already increased. The number rose from 169,800 in May 2019 to 194,100 in May 2022.

Mr Blackburn points out that there is a potential of 75,000 to 90,000 workers looking to return or remain in the labor market under certain conditions.

But the Conseil du patronat du Québec has already argued that the tax question must also be asked for these people, for whom it must be profitable to stay at work or return there.

to combat prejudice

Minister Boulet recalled that it was also necessary to combat the prejudices and attitudes of some towards experienced workers.

“We want to counteract behaviors and perceptions that are often not entirely compatible with the demands of the labor market for experienced people,” Minister Boulet said.

And both employers and unions must adapt to make more room for them, he said.

“Ultimately, unions will need to be able to adapt to this reality in order to facilitate job facilitation for people aged 60-69, even if the job description is in the collective agreement. It can also allow for the pooling of tasks: a person aged 60-69 could do a slightly more physically demanding job, but for a limited period during the day,” the minister illustrated, for example.

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