Dialogues for seniors

At Aarhus University employees are considered to be senior employees around 5 years before the time of retirement, and this will be a good time for a dialogue for senior employees. In the dialogue the employee’s manager and the employee discuss wishes and plans for the last years of the employee’s worklife before retirement. 

The dialogue is conducted between the employee and the employee’s manager. If requested by the employee, his or her trade union representative may be present. It is the responsibility of the manager to identify the need for a dialogue, but the employee may also initiate a dialogue.

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

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 following elements may be part of a dialogue:

  • Work time
  • Special assignments, for instance passing on of knowledge and experience to colleagues
  • Work load
  • Exemption from assignments
  • New professional challenges

The dialogue between the employee and the manager may 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.

The university may enter into an agreement with senior employees about a number of possibilities for retaining senior employees in the workplace as well as ensuring opportunities for the flexible withdrawal from the labour market. An agreement 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 menu on the right, you can find a guide for dialogue and a development plan.