And a further two surveys from Croner Consulting

October 2003
Management Services;Oct2003, Vol. 47 Issue 10, p6
Academic Journal
The articles discusses the results of two surveys from Croner Consulting about employee productivity in Great Britain. The majority of British businesses support the government's bid to increase retirement age to 70, says one survey. Croner reveals that 64% of companies believe employing people over the age of 65 does not have a negative impact on the performance of the company. By 2014, it is predicted that there will be more over 65s than under 16s, with 65-year-old men expected to live a further 17.5 years, and women a further 20. Age discrimination is not yet unlawful in Britain, however member states of the European Union must introduce new laws to combat age discrimination by 2006. On the other hand, it seems business is boozing as a second survey by Croner reveals that 79% of businesses believe alcohol consumption contributes to poor performance at work. People in employment are likely to drink more heavily than those not working, with 26% of working men and 14% of working women regularly drinking over the recommended weekly alcohol limit every week. Alcohol is not a private concern, it is a constant and growing problem for businesses. Employers cannot control what people choose to do in their free time. They should give employees the opportunity to approach a colleague in confidence to discuss any problems.


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