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Discourse on work and wellbeing in the EU
Archive for September, 2012
Friday, September 7th, 2012
What is the value of living longer if we are spending more of our later years suffering from chronic illness and working much longer than we ever planned? These were some of the themes explored this week at a major event in Nicosia on ‘Active and Healthy Ageing through the Lifecourse’. The so-called High Level Conference was held as part of the Cypriot Presidency of the EU and I was invited to speak on the theme of health in an ageing EU workforce.
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
On September 5 the latest Fit for Work report was launched in New Zealand. Our report highlighted that New Zealand must address the problem of labour productivity so that it is able to extract the most economic benefit from its labour force, and secure high levels of growth.
In 2010 New Zealand was ranked 27 percentage points below the OECD average in terms of labour productivity, and a further 32 percentage points behind Australia (Patterson and Brown, 2010) – something we’re sure their neighbourly rivals over the Tasman Sea were happy about! In addition to low skill levels among the working age population, a significant reason for low levels of productivity is likely to be ill-health.
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