Workplace discussions are extremely valuable. Having open and honest discussions with staff can assist managers plan more effectively for the future and, where appropriate, can help facilitate the transition from work to retirement for both the individual and the department.
Opportunities such as PDR and one-to-one’s may be a helpful place in which to discuss, with all staff members, their aims and ambitions, as well as departmental plans and staffing needs.
It is recommended, particularly during PDR discussions, that managers take the opportunity to ask each staff member, regardless of their age, about their career and contribution to the University, for the:
- short term
- medium term
- long term.
Asking open questions about future plans during any workplace discussion will help to avoid suggestions of age discrimination. It is not necessary to ask all staff the same questions, but all the relevant issues should be explored with all staff in an open way which avoids making assumptions about age.
During these discussions, manager's should also give all staff the opportunity, irrespective of their age, to develop and learn new skills through staff development and training initiatives.
These discussions will help managers to assess how the staff member’s skills and abilities can be matched to the departments’ future plans.
The following tips may help managers to hold such discussions: