Project information

Index: 0808R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location SUOMI / FINLAND MANNER-SUOMI Joensuu Pohjois-Suomi Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2001

Topic of the practice

demographic change

Good Practice Information

The goal of the Abloy Agemaster programme is to boost the workability and well-being of personnel, and especially, the mature workers, decrease use of sick leave by one percent each year, raise the average retirement age (from 59 to 61 within two years), boost self-confdence of agemasters, high-light the value of older workers' experience and ensure the transfer of accumulated and tacit knowlegde. Age masters can use free services like local health clubs, indoor swimming pool, sports grounds. Based on their annual medical check-up and ftness test Agemasters develops a personal fitness plan in consultation with company's physiotherapy staff. Additional paid time off is available for staff older that 59. The employee-led club for Abloy's Agemasters organises annually 1-4 events.

Evidence of success

The Average retirement age has raised, older workers feel appreciated and feel better than before the programme activities.
- National consensus and action (managing the mature workforce as national priority)
- A state pension policy encourages older workers to continue working -
- Cultural value as employers' responsibilty to care for employees
- The established role of occupational health staff - The Age Master programme has now been in use for a few years: the average retirement age has risen by more than three years; the amount of sick leave, especially that caused by musculoskeletal diseases, has steadily decreased; and the overall appreciation of senior employees has increased even more.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Satu Krohns

Joensuu factory of the Abloy Ltd.



Annex completed on: 06-22-2010

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