Future Friday From the Archive: Will it be the older generations that drive the Gig economy, not the Millennials?

Since I am celebrating my birthday today I decided to pull from my archive of blog posts for today. I revealed to someone the other day that I had turned 65 this past July. He asked me if I was retiring soon. I told him I had no intention of retiring. I have been working …

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Three Ways to Accommodate Older Workers

July 7th ┬áis/was my birthday depending on when you are reading this. I will admit it was my 63rd. I am aware of issues with being older and the perceptions people have of you capabilities. As I was reviewing some material I came across this brief article by Michael North and Hal Hershfield called Accommodate …

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Generational Diversity: Peace or War?

It is no big secret that there are FOUR generations of workers in today’s workforce. This diverse group of people include what are called the TRADITIONALS (born pre-1945 and rapidly decreasing); the BABY BOOMERS (born 1946 to 1964, many of whom were retired and would be today except for the sucky economy); GENERATION X (born …

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The Opportunity for Learning

As a Baby Boomer I profess a level of ignorance about what “motivates” younger generations. But because I am in Human Resources and I am a generally curious fellow I probably know more than many of my generational peers. Also, I make sure I “follow” a good number of younger bloggers. (I must admit it …

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HR Should Never Be Involved in a "Turf War"

In the Thursday October 7 Wall Street Journal in the Marketplace section there was an article entitled Coming of Age, written by Joe Mullich. (It appeared in a special advertizing section on Workforce Risk. Other than mentioning CVS several times I am not quite sure what it was advertising.) The article talked about the aging …

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The Silver Tsunami: A Follow Up To Yesterday's Ageism Post

After I wrote my riff (actually more of a rant) on AGEISM I came across a blog post on TomorrowToday’s blog entitled The Silver Tsunami- Managing Older Workers. A very, very interesting blog post. Writer Graeme Codrington talks about the work of Martin Amis and Christopher Buckley who are writers who are entering their silver years and …

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AgeISM Part 2: The Roots of the Bias

Just to get this out of the way… I am not a sociologist or a social anthropologist. So the statement I am about to make is pretty much my impression of social trends. Today, U.S. baby boomers, who are the most frequent complainers/targets of ageism, are suffering the results of their own making. Prior to …

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"Un-retirement": Brett Favre Provides the Model

In a blog post I wrote of The Atlanta Journal Constitution Online HR Headquarters I used Brett Favre as the model for baby boomers who are coming back from the workforce by “un-retiring”. Are you one of those? Or do you know of anyone in that position? If you are an employer this could be …

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Discrimination in the Workplace: Double Digit Increases

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a News Release on March 5th detailing the bias claims from 2007 compared to 2006. With one exception, bias claims in all areas saw double digit increases. Here are some of the highlights: Race continues to be the largest number of claims, with 30,510 claims, an increase of …

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Boomers, Brain Drain and a Quote

I was quoted in an article entitled Older Workers: Once Trashed, Now Treasured, written by Bill Hendrick for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The article deals with the subject of older workers, primarily baby boomers, and the realization by many organizations that they are facing a brain drain as the boomers retire. There are alot of …

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