Some 67% of UK respondents aged 55 and over believe that their line manager genuinely cares about employee wellbeing, according to research by Edenred.
Its Edenred-Ipsos Barometer report, which surveyed 13,600 staff across 13 European countries, also found that 65% of respondents in Finland and the Netherlands that are aged 55 and over believe their line manager cares about employee wellbeing, compared to 61% in Sweden, 45% in Italy and Belgium, and 39% in France.
The study also found:
- On a scale of 1 to 10, 53% of respondents aged 55 and over in the UK rate their quality of life at work between 8-10. This compares to 66% in Finland, 56% in Sweden, and 53% in Germany.
- 29% of respondents aged 55 and over in France rate their quality of life at work between 8 and 10, slightly above Italy (25%) and Spain (23%).
- 41% of UK respondents aged 55 and over are often happy in their work, below the European average of 42%.
Andy Philpott, sales director at Edenred, said: “The wellbeing of older workers is crucial to the success of the UK economy which has the third highest number of older workers in Europe.
“With an ageing population UK employers must wake up to the fact that we are dangerously dependent on an older workforce. The future success of organisations depends on their ability to understand and meet the needs of older workers or risk losing them to a competitor who does.”