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The Older Worker Advantage: Making the Most of Our Aging Workforce

The Older Worker Advantage: Making the Most of Our Aging Workforce

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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 2010; on average, today's 65-year-old can expect to live to 83. This book tackles the issue of the aging workforce 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, experts on corporate culture and management development, consider the broad demographic trends that are changing the makeup of organizations, and then provide specific approaches for managers to adopt in order to ensure that older employees are engaged and challenged while contributing to the company's bottom line. The authors consider such topics as: what motivates olders workers, the impact of technology on older worker training, and career trends in the health, education, and retail sectors. They showcase pioneering efforts in multi-generational work at such organizations as AES Corporation and the U.S. Coast Guard, and they offer a variety of checklists and other interactive and diagnostic elements to guide managers. The book concludes with information on the legal apsects of older worker employment, along with resources for both managers and older employees.