Employers could make it easier to retain older staff if they helped them head off health problems earlier in their careers, new research from Sheffield University suggests. One of the study’s authors, Dr Rachel Crossdale says: ““Unless there is change, older workers will continue to face inequality and exclusion within the workforce. As the population and workforce ages it is vital that organisations become healthier spaces for older workers to encourage extended working lives. For example, in the research we spoke to a woman, now in her 60s, working within the NHS who had to reduce to part-time hours because of back problems which, if addressed in the workplace at an early stage as opposed to being treated as part of the job, could have been managed or prevented.”