Closing the Generation Gap Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

As a professional in my thirties, I didn't want someone my mother's age tagging along with me. Yet that was exactly what happened. It was also one of the best things that happened at the time. Before establishing a career in higher education, I spent a few years in the insurance industry as a senior marketing consultant. My responsibilities involved serving and retaining larger business accounts. At the time, I had a lot of confidence in myself. I believed I could pick up new information quickly. I could also communicate complex information in a way others could understand—certainly a plus…

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Two Boomer Workplace Challenges That Employers Can Turn Into Opportunities

A huge demographic shift is underway, and it is already affecting the workplace. Baby boomers in the U.S. are reaching full retirement age at a rate of 10,000 per day. Without preparation, a mass exit could create lost expertise and organizational knowledge. Yet not all boomers are eying the exit door. According to research conducted in 2014 by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 65% of boomers were at least planning to work beyond age 65. Delayed Retirement a Concern Results from a 2018 Willis Towers Watson Survey found that nearly half of the employers involved in their study were concerned…

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Requisite Workforce Variety and an Aging Environment: Why it Matters

We are living in an age when the U.S. population is becoming increasingly older. Research suggests that this reality will lead to an increase in older workers who have the potential to offer additional value in the workplace and beyond. Requisite Variety One way to gain a deeper appreciation for the need to embrace an age-diverse workplace is through the lens of a system’s principle called requisite variety. This systems principle holds that it is necessary for organizations to basically be as complex and as flexible as the environment in which it is embedded demands. Or, as John Dabell in…

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