News story 15th Aug 2016

Women, ageing and work

Monash Business School’s Department of Management will be hosting the inaugural ‘Women, Ageing and Work Symposium’ on 25 August.

Designed for business leaders and human resource professionals, this event will address key opportunities and business implications surrounding women, work, and ageing in 2016 Australia.

Women, ageing and work

According to symposium coordinator Associate Professor Kathleen Riach, attendees will be offered an opportunity to think differently about ageing and work.

She explains that, rather than viewing the ageing population and extended working lives as a challenge, these are actually exciting times for employers and employees alike.

“We now have an opportunity to reimagine what a job can look like in terms of flexibility, skills development, and changes to traditional career paths. With the right policies and attitudes, there are a number of ways to weave together personal and professional interests and passions in order to produce meaningful work that also creates value for organisations,” she said.

At the Symposium, experts from various industries will examine issues faced by women in the workplace, and will discuss research that informs strategies for success and wellbeing.

Topics covered include research on menopausal health, wellbeing and work outcomes; women’s later-life career trajectories; and challenges of gender and age discrimination at work.

We now have an opportunity to reimagine what a job can look like in terms of flexibility, skills development, and changes to traditional career paths.

Associate Professor Kathleen Riach

“We organised this symposium because there is a need to create spaces in organisations for people to think about later-life working as early as possible,” explains Associate Professor Riach.

In a recent editorial of a leading international journal, Associate Professor Riach argued that ageing discussions at work should not be confined to important monetary matters, such as superannuation. Rather, we should encourage employees to think about how work may relate to different aspects of their lives at different points in time.

“The symposium seeks to explore how organisations best-practice may facilitate this discussion in a way that recognised women’s health, wellbeing, and professionals ambitions in later life.”

For more information and to register for the Women, Ageing and Work Symposium, please visit our event page.