Bridge to Retirement
We ask companies to show concern for the welfare of retiring or outgoing employees by registering them with The Challenge Hub under our “Bridge to Retirement” scheme.
Research shows that losing the structure and routine of the workplace through retirement or redundancy can trigger a very difficult period of readjustment for many. An estimated 25% of retirees experience adverse psychosocial consequences.
So we work with companies to suggest that their retiring or outgoing employees should be registered with The Challenge Hub from where we will seek to inform, inspire and motivate.
We passionately believe that responsible employers should care about the welfare of their retiring or outgoing workforce beyond the leaving party.
To see how important this issue can be, just have a look at this link to Centre for Ageing Better: https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/our-work/managing-major-life-changes
The Background – Transition
Even the most self-sufficient people find that leaving the workplace is a major life transition.
Retirement requires planning and a determined sense of re-invention. Done badly people lose a sense of purpose, status and social context. The evidence shows that this in turn can lead in varying degrees to a sense of boredom, frustration, undervalue, low self-esteem and even irrelevance. That in turn may lead to introspection and from there to depression, health issues, matrimonial disharmony and other social ills.
That in turn leads to an increase in demand for the NHS and social services.
If those same people can be encouraged from the start of their retirement to lead healthy lives and to make a social contribution then not only do they require less support but they also become useful contributors to charities and to society more generally.
The Challenge Hub is specifically designed to provide that encouragement.
Its members are motivated towards simultaneously learning new things, taking physical exercise and making a social contribution. That philosophy is given coherence by The All in One – a challenge for over-55s which calls for achievements in all three.
Whether or not taking part in the challenge, members of The Challenge Hub are shown clear pathways into:
(a) low cost and easily accessible learning opportunities (skills-based or otherwise)
(b) physical events which actively encourage participation by older people and
(c) volunteering opportunities which are rewarding.
Our “Bridge to Retirement” programme calls on all employers to play a small but vital part in the future wellbeing of their retiring employees. We argue that this is both compassionate and socially responsible.
We simply ask you to encourage your retirees to register with us.
If you would like to be part of the process – and feature on this website as a “responsible employer” if you wish – then please register with The Challenge Hub and ask for third-party membership registrations. You can pass these to your retiring employees for activation by them when they are ready.
The Challenge Hub then takes over. Through automated e-mail drops and all our other motivational initiatives we will inspire, encourage and inform.
There’s no cost but if you choose to make a voluntary contribution towards our own costs then we offer, as a “thank you”, formal Challenge Hub invitations to enable a physical presentation to take place.
As an employer you will have done very little but you will have given so much.
Interested to know more? We would refer you to Centre for Ageing Better: https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/
Register your company with The Challenge Hub for recognition of your commitment to helping your employees.