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The older worker advantage

Making the most of our aging workforce

Gordon F. Shea og Adolf Haasen

Greenwood Publishing Group 2005. 248 s. ISBN 0275987019
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Recently published figures predict that the number of employed individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 will increase by 11 million by 2002; on average, today's 65-year-old can expect to live to 83, reflecting general trends in increased health and longevity. As the huge cadre of baby boomers approaches traditional retirement age, such factors as financial security, health benefits, and the attractiveness of staying active in later years are encouraging more older people to work well into their 60s, 70s, and even 80s, while businesses are learning to anticipate their long-term employment needs, and facing potential labor shortages unless they hold onto and develop more older workers. The economic, political, and cultural implications of these trends will reach staggering proportions, changing the make-up of organizations large and small and the very nature of work and our attitudes toward it.
The Older Worker Advantage tackles these issues head on, taking into account both the organization's/manager's point of view and the older employee's point of view. Gordon Shea and Adolf Haasen analyze data from a wide variety of sources, including international comparisons, to explore the phenomenon of older workers in depth, dispelling common myths that contribute to age discrimination, and reinforcing the relevance of such qualities as life experience and communication skills for today's knowledge-driven enterprises. The authors showcase the pioneering efforts of such organizations as the Vita Needle Company, AES Corporation, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others, in establishing programs and practices that develop older worker skills and support multigenerational collaboration--to the benefit of both individuals and the organization. In the process, they consider such timely topics as: *what motivates older workers; *the impact of technology on older worker training; *creating diverse project teams; *an emerging breed of managers attuned to older worker requirements and capabilities. Featuring diagnostic exercises, an appendix on legal protections for older workers, and specific tools for enhancing productivity and positive work environments, The Older Worker Advantage will be an essential resource for business owners and executives, managers, older employees, trainers, counselors, policymakers, educators, and students--anyone concerned with the profound changes in our workforce and its effects on young and old alike.