Empathising with Elderly in Workplace
As the population ages and life expectancy increases, the workforce of Hong Kong is also ageing. The Government estimates that our workforce will start to shrink after reaching its peak in 2021.
Is our labour market ready to face the challenges of ageing labour? Are grassroots elderlies destined only to 3D jobs that are Dirty, Dangerous and Demeaning?
Themed “Empathising with Elderly in Workplace”, the Season 2 “One from Hundred Thousand” Symposium was held in January 2019. We engaged designers, trade experts, members of the public and elderly workers to co-create tools and modifications to working environment that would be friendlier to the grassroots elderly workers including waste pickers, cleaners, care-givers and kitchen helpers.
There are four action projects under this season:
- Co-designing Iron Trolley for Cardboards Recycling
- Elderly-friendly Community Kitchen
- Socially Inclusive Waste Management Hub
- Co-creating Harmonised Workspace and User-centred Services in Nursing Home