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05/08/07
Mature Workers
Filed under: Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 10:21 am

Read an insightful book this weekend by
Ken Dychtwald, T. Ericson and R. Morrison,
about the “Workforce Crisis.” (2006) Harvard
University Press.

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
                     their career
-  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,
stick-to-itiveness
-  (customer friendly, willing to take time) very
responsible
-  role models for younger employees
-  demonstrate key performance factors with
unconscious competence.

Be interested in hearing about others’
perspectives on this topic.
 

Dan

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