VoIP could help workers stay in work for longer

VoIP could help workers stay in work for longer

Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) could soon be used to help cater for an ageing workforce in businesses across the UK.

Recent data from the National Office of Statistics has shown that the number of over-65s being employed by firms across the country has increased to the one million mark for the very first time.

The Department for Work and Pensions has said that the increase was due to a general reflection of the population, combined with measures to prevent workers from being sacked simply for turning 65.

The rising age of staff members has brought the issue of flexible working under the spotlight once again, as employers attempt to tailor their approach in order to enhance productivity.

The director of research at the Institute for Employment Studies, Jim Hillage, said: "Some underlying structural changes in the labour market continue. Significantly, the number of employed people aged 65 or over has reached 1,003,000. While this reflects a welcome willingness among employers to recruit and retain experienced people, it may also reflect the need that some older people have to top up inadequate pension arrangements."

Flexible working has been suggested as a solution to the problem before. Back in December, it was suggested by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that over half of older workers intended to work beyond the traditional retirement age, and that businesses needed to enforce measures that would address the possible problems that might arise from such a trend.

One of the ways in which businesses are accommodating their older employees through flexible working is through implementing a successful VoIP system.

Experts have suggested that around 70 per cent of companies will have installing a VoIP network by the end of 2013.

The main advantage of such a system is that it eliminates the need for employees to commute to the office every day, allowing people to work from home while staying in touch with their colleagues.

Not only is VoIP being touted as an appealing option for older members of staff, but it can also save money, due to cutting down on office space.