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Elkerliek Hospital

This employer customizes training programs for different age groups

Health Promotion and Protection: By 2012, risk profiles will be available for all job categories to help prevent absenteeism due to physical or mental stress. The risk profile also creates a shared responsibility between the employer and employee. The risk profile is discussed annually with employees so they might be alerted to any changes. Employers can also gauge employee physical and mental stress levels and take preventive measures.

Diversity Promotion: Elkerliek hospital has created several new job positions in recent years geared specifically to disabled employees. These positions are often individualized to suit the needs of the employee. One of Elkerliek's employees is autistic and can endure little change and few stimuli. As such, the employee works in the laundry department of the hospital to accommodate the specific needs.

Recruitment: Elkerliek's recruitment process focuses on hiring employees who are client and results oriented as well as flexible. The hospital is also creating a program that helps older workers transition into retirement. Part-time work or shorter contracts will likely be a part of this program.

With the advent of social media, Elkerliek now utilizes various platforms to help maintain contact with previous employees.

Preventive assistance is provided to employees age 50 and over at risk for extended absenteeism. Psychological support and career guidance is offered to help determine the best path forward for the employee.

Miscellaneous: Elkerliek's main focus is on flexibility and individualized work arrangements regardless of employee age. Many of their strategies do not specifically target older workers, but are particularly beneficial to that age cohort as older employees look to retirement or flexible work arrangements. The hospital has shifted its focus in recent years from aging to employability.

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