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Two competing ideologies on ageing

24 Apr 2019

Ageing workers offer more experience, but also potentially more health problems. This new generation of older workers want to remain engaged and productive, yet they are the ones among whom we see higher chronic disease prevalence than previous generations.

How do we manage these competing ideologies on ageing?

Dr Jeff Hwang shares that companies should enable our older workers to remain in the workforce for as long as they desire. Doing so can counter the potential adverse economic impacts of an ageing society, which can slow economic growth and national productivity.

High levels of employee well-being translate to greater employee engagement and productivity. Keeping employees healthy through safe and healthy work environments while supporting their pursuit of well-being makes good business sense.

At the same time, we should consider future generations and cultivate young Singaporeans to value well-being as much as wealth. By helping this group pursue well-being early even as they build wealth, we will push back the onset of chronic diseases in the nation.

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