Read an insightful book this weekend by
Ken Dychtwald, T. Ericson and R. Morrison,
about the “Workforce Crisis.” (2006) Harvard
The authors’ thesis is that a “shortage of
key skills will precede a shortage of workers”
in short order as “babyboomers” transition
to their next life phase.
They define 3 age groups:
- younger <35
- mid-career 35 - 55
- mature >55
Thus, the new title of a section on Mature workers.
They graph responsibility vs. age, showing a
peak at 55 and three downsides after 55:
- gradual - called sustaining or adjusting
- mirror image of the upward earlier years
- called downshifting
- abrupt - called traditional early retirement.
Concerning ’sustaining careers’, the authors
point to mature workers being a
“competitive advantage” in the face of the
“crisis” due to
- (Patience, savvy) willingness to stay longer,
- (customer friendly, willing to take time) very
- role models for younger employees
- demonstrate key performance factors with
Be interested in hearing about others’
perspectives on this topic.