Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are an important part of today's workforce. While these individuals play a key role in the success of an organization, they are often older, which creates unique workplace needs and risks.
For example, when older workers are involved in a workplace accident, their injuries tend to be more severe than younger employee's injuries. This is because, as people age, they lose bone mass, muscles, and bone density, making them more prone to serious injury.
What's more, it often takes older workers longer to recover from an injury.
Your business should encourage older workers (those above the age of 55) to consider the following:
- Practice good ergonomics by utilizing comfortable chairs, sufficient lighting, and well-designed workstations. Oftentimes, older workers require more light to see. Don't be afraid to ask your supervisor for special accommodations, particularly as they relate to workplace safety.
- Know your own physical limits and don't overexert yourself.
- Wear proper footwear to avoid falls. Just one fall can be devastating to an older worker, and it's important to take the proper precautions.
- Get plenty of rest before your workdays. As we age sleep is more difficult to regulate, making it even more important to stick to a consistent schedule.