By 2030, workers aged 55-64 will make 30% or more of the workforce in many countries. According to WHO, about 30% of men and women in the age group of 50-64 years are considered to need urgent adjustments at work due to health problems related e.g. to musculoskeletal and mental disorders, to prevent the risk of early retirement and work disability. Additionally, the industry is changing fast and new technologies are introduced every day, with ageing workers needing to adapt to new technolgies and new processes.
To tackle the abovementioned challenges, Ageing@Work -a three year EU-funded HORIZON 2020 project- aims to develop a series of highly adaptive, personalized ICT tools for the ageing workers’ working and living environments, to allow them to remain healthy, active and productive for longer.
Ageing@Work is set on developing solutions to support:
- Better workplace design, in terms of ergonomics, process orchestration, task assignments and scheduling
- Productivity enhancement
- Knowledge sharing and collaboration
- Incentives for both work-related and life aspects of the ageing worker, through a personalized virtual assistant and reward system
The overall concept underpinning Ageing@Work starts from the urgent need to help ageing workers of the modern industries to maintain productivity and workability, while achieving a balance between work and personal life, in the context of active and healthy ageing.
Having identified the changes in human abilities that appear with age and typically affect workability, Ageing@Work will follow an interdisciplinary approach in developing novel advanced ICT solutions for adaptive smart working and living environments in order to effectively meet those needs.
More information: https://ageingatwork-project.eu/