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Dialogues for seniors

Senior employees must be offered a dialogue for seniors. The dialogue must focus on staff retention and on the employees’ wishes and expectations for their working life in both the short and long term.

The dialogue may be held as part of the annual staff development dialogue (SDD), or separately.

The dialogue is offered to all employees who have attained the age of 55, but needs may vary. The dialogue is conducted between the employee and the employee’s manager. If requested by the employee, his or her union representative may be present.

Dialogues for seniors are mutual and open dialogues between the employee and the employee’s manager. The dialogue is about, for example, current and future duties and may focus on development, retention or withdrawal, depending on the employee’s age and abilities.

The dialogue between the employee and the manager should not necessarily result in a senior agreement, but may also be about the employee’s well-being at Aarhus University, including the possible need to adjust the employee’s portfolio of activities or the need for other special arrangements. The discussions may also include a dialogue about withdrawal.

According to the Ministry of Finance’s Circular no. 9394 of 29 August 2011 on Senior and Voluntary Severance Schemes, a number of possibilities exist for retaining senior employees in the workplace as well as ensuring opportunities for the flexible withdrawal from the labour market.

An agreement pursuant to the above-mentioned circular is concluded between a senior employee and his/her manager in specific situations where the manager finds that this is expedient in view of the university’s activities.


In the event of any inconsistency between the Danish and English language versions of the document, the Danish version prevails.

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