The landscape of work has changed massively over the last decade for many reasons, including technological advances, globalization, the so called ‘gig economy.’ But something that hasn’t been as widely documented, perhaps, is the fact that our population is ageing. Projections forecast by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that ‘in 50 years’ time, there are likely to be an additional 8.6 million people aged 65 years and over – a population roughly the size of London.’ You might be wondering how an ageing population affects the workplace. Well, according to the ONS ‘employment rates have doubled for those aged 65 years and over between 1993 and 2018, and increased by almost one-third for those aged 50 to 64 years.’ That’s a huge amount of change to occur in just over two decades. With this in mind, it’s vital that businesses foster an age-friendly culture that supports every individual regardless of their age. Here are some tips on ways you can make your business more age-friendly. What does an age-friendly culture look like? If you have a large number of older employees in your workforce, it’s important you consider their wellbeing, and are continuously looking for ways to improve the environment and ways of working. When it comes to creating an age-friendly work culture, it’s more simple than you think. Ask yourself the following questions: Is your workplace suitable and inclusive for all ages? (e.g. toilet facilities, desk space, signage etc.)Do you provide equal opportunities to your staff irrespective of age?Do you – and your employees – listen and respond to the voice of older people, and enable people of all ages to actively participate?Is your workplace a friendly, respectful and welcoming place for all ages?Could you do more to promote flexible working so that your older employees could work a shorter week if they wanted to? It’s important you speak to employees and ask them to share their own views and thoughts on the matter. Encourage feedback and you’ll create a more open space that doesn’t shy away from criticism. Your staff will also feel more valued too. How to avoid age discrimination in the workplace Encourage senior employees and managers to talk to their team – and older staff members, in particular – about any areas that could be improved within the business. Approach the subject with open questions, such as: Are we doing enough to accommodate older employees?What could we do differently?How do you rate our facilities? You could also ask them to list three things that could be improved to harness a more inclusive environment. Discuss what changes you can make to accommodate their ideas, and if necessary, create a focus group that meets regularly to track the progress. This encourages transparency within the business and makes senior employees accountable for auctioning change.