Why Pushing Older Employees Out Could Get You In Trouble

Working closely with your team of over 60s must be handled with care and cooperation, even if they are unwilling to cooperate with you.


James Rowland

Commercial Director James leads Account Management, Sales and Marketing at Neathouse Partners.


01 February 2019


11 July 2024
1 min read

If you’ve improved your ICT infrastructure or internal processes and are finding that older employees are unwilling to accept change, then no doubt you will be presented with the challenge of getting them to ‘adapt and adopt’.Working closely with your team of over 60s must be handled with care and cooperation, even if they are unwilling to cooperate with you.

The words ‘change’ and 'retirement' are still taboo for many people who have been working within an organisation for decades and don't forget many of our Baby Boomers are extremely experienced and skilled in tasks we could never accomplish.

Take, for example, older drivers who experience fewer accidents than their younger counterparts.

Although they may perceive ‘change’ as threatening to their role, you must take the initiative to persuade and outline the benefits of the change for the long term and their role.

Giving them the push to leave can cost you thousands.

If your oldest employee is not lifting their weight and meeting performance objectives, then you may have a case for incapability, but you must follow a strict procedure before you decide to dismiss them.

Many organisations initiate a restructure but fail to realise that older employees cannot just be filtered out to make room for younger talent.

Some businesses may try to use clever tactics to restructure their organisation and indirectly push out employees, by increasing the fees for their car park or other rental charges.

An employees role should be to comply with a change that is communicated to them, especially if they have been given many months notice in advance.

If they try to defy or challenge a change that is designed to benefit the entire organisation, then you may want to initiate a disciplinary procedure to tackle this.

It is unlawful to carry out age discrimination at work and anyone found guilty of this can be prosecuted by the courts.

Neathouse Partners: Your Trusted Partner

We empower employers across the UK with tailored advice, offering strategic guidance that aligns with business needs and goals.

99.2 %

Customer happiness rating

99.2 %

Customer happiness rating



Qualified experts

Chester Headquarters

Regus House, Chester CH4 9QR

Success stories
Having used Neathouse for some time now, I can highly recommend their services. I always get a quick response from my lawyer, the advice is practical, and I always feel confident that they’re helping us with the correct approach.
Jasmin Bemmelen Head of People and Culture @ Action Tutoring Ltd

Have questions?

Get in touch today

Contact us, and our team will get back to you within 24 hours. We value your questions and are committed to getting them answered quickly.

Get a quote

Hello! I am Nicky

Just fill in the form below with your details, and I will arrange for a member of our team to give you a call.

By clicking, you agree to our Privacy Policy