Workshop B: Protecting and promoting psychological health in an age diverse workplace

Post conference workshop B:

Protecting and promoting psychological health in an age diverse workplace

Friday 21 May 2021 | 13.00 –  16.00

We are living and working longer than ever before which means workforces are becoming increasingly diverse. People of all ages need to work productively and safely together.

The problem is, many employers don’t know how to create working environments that foster wellbeing and performance for a diverse workforce. An age-inclusive environment that recognises the unique contribution of individuals, life-stages and experiences is one in which everyone can flourish. Myths that reinforce competition between age- groups are unhelpful and untrue and impact on employee mental health.

This interactive workshop separates the myths from the facts, and explores practical strategies for protecting and promoting psychological health in an age diverse workplace, including:

  • The current state of ageing population and its impact on the labour market
  • Debunking stereotypes and beliefs and generational differences
  • Age diversity in the psychosocial safety climate framework
  • Approaches to assessing and improving employee productivity and safety in an age-diverse workforce
  • Appling the learning to case studies and formulate takeaway action plans

About your workshop leader:

Rachael Palmer, Senior Consultant & Organisational Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Rachael Palmer is a highly experienced Organisational Psychologist who passionately believes that the world will be a better place when everyone can access good work that is good for their wellbeing. For 20 years she has supported organisations to create environments that encourage productivity and protect people’s mental health; she trains and coaches leaders to proactively manage change; and works with individuals to navigate workplace transitions and foster resilience. Before joining forces with Transitioning Well to deliver the Ageing Workforce Ready project, she worked for KPMG, Victoria Police and NAB.

Rachael Palmer is currently leading the Ageing Workforce Ready (AWR) project, an innovative collaboration between Australia’s largest industry superannuation fund AustralianSuper, and organisational psychology practitioners, Transitioning Well. The project is funded through WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund and aims to protect and promote the mental health and wellbeing of ageing workers in the public transport industry.