Future Friday: Older workers switching to “anticipatory careers”: A revisit

If you thought your older workers are going to go silently into retirement you need to be rethinking that. According to writer Richard Eisenberg workers over 50 are going to have multiple options that will keep them in play for many years after what would be the normal retirement age. Anticipatory careering One option that …

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Future Friday: Older workers as the solution to unfilled jobs?

Millennial this, millennial that. Advertisements for products to hide gray hair or wrinkling skin. Slogans like “60 is the new 40.” Increasing charges of age discrimination. All these factors indicate that the U.S. is stuck in a youth oriented society. The problem is that perception drives employers to ignore older workers, often to the detriment …

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From the Archive: 10 Reasons to Keep Your Older Workers

I thought that this post was appropriate today, the day after The Day Without Women protest. Women are trying to demonstrate that they are valuable in the workplace. To my way of thinking all workers are valuable. Older workers are another group that gets discriminated against, so I am republishing this post about keeping older …

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Supporting Your Valued Senior Staff: Tips for Managers and Human Resources Directors

This is a guest post written by Jim Vogel of ElderCare.org. He enjoys providing valuable information to seniors and their caregivers. His mission is to help ensure seniors are able to thrive throughout their golden years. Jim is the co-founder of Elder Action, which aims to provide useful information to aging seniors. If your employer embraces …

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Is AGEISM growing as the workforce gets younger?

Here are some to the headlines I have seen in various news stories lately: And the verdict is… guilty of Ageism Add Hewlett-Packard to the list of Tech Icons sued for Ageism Ageism in the workforce Ex Apple engineer rejected for genius bar job adds fuel to the ageism debate How old are you?- we …

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Demographics on Aging HR professionals should know

The knowledgeable HR professional needs to be aware of a variety of demographic facts. Here is a set of facts from The Herman Trend Report that I thought were very telling. As medicine and technology advance, the average lifespan is increasing all over the world. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than …

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Three Ways to Accommodate Older Workers

July 7th  is/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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Five Great Reads to Make Your Better in HR

Here are some great blog posts from other writers that I thought you might find instructive and helpful. The first is from Jon Hyman at his Ohio Employers Law Blog. In Two cups, one termination Jon uses a case of theft that may seem trivial, after all it just involved two plastic cups, to tell …

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Don’t tell your Older Workers they are slowing down, that may be exactly what you get.

  Let’s be honest. We all think that older workers slow down with age. As a result we often make comments to that effect and have an expectation that we will have to replace older workers with younger ones. I think there is built in age discrimination in our society as a result of these …

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Lack of Knowledge about your older workers may lead to disaster

  I read a very interesting blog post by Dave DeLong at the Harvard Business Review blog network. DeLong specializes in aging worker issues. This particular post was about the skills gap that many companies will or are facing. Four scenarios DeLong did a survey of manager’s about their perception of the effect that an …

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