The Chinese proverb "树老 根多, 人老识多" (mature trees have more developed roots) recognises the wealth of experience that can be drawn from the older generation.
This aptly describes the human resources practices of Keppel Logistics, which was recently highlighted as a champion of a multigenerational workforce in a collaborative feature by TODAY and the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers.
Traditionalists, Baby Boomers and Generations X and Y are well represented within the organisation's 500-strong workforce, according to Teo Jia Ning, Human Resources Manager of Keppel Logistics. "As a company that prides itself on its people, having a multi-generational workforce is valuable to us. Each generation brings its own unique viewpoint and approach, allowing for greater diversity and creativity at work," she explained.
Mr Loh Teck Choon, a 70-year-old warehouse assistant who has worked at Keppel Logistics for 45 years, shared, "Older workers like myself feel a sense of belonging to the company, having served and contributed for many years. I appreciate that the company takes my age into account when designing my scope of work.
"In return, my experience helps save time and improve efficiency at work. Young employees may not yet have the seasoned eyes and hands to manage the work as intuitively as older counterparts. Many a time, the information is at our fingertips and our younger colleagues will turn to us for advice."
Keppel Logistics was recently highlighted as a champion of a multi-generational workforce
in a collaborative feature by TODAY and the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older