Posts tagged ‘jobs’

Shortage of Geriatric Specialists Growing

“Doctors who specialize in aging are in short supply and their shortage will grow worse as the population ages in coming decades”

(By Janice Lloyd, USA Today, April 25, 2011)

Let’s Bring Aging Americans Into the Information Age

Closeup of Laptop As young Americans have become the most tech-savvy generation in history, the generations preceding them have not kept pace – to the detriment of their economic and even physical well-being…

These workers share a great and growing need for training in computer skills. But this training must be tailored to their learning styles, so that it does not leave them even more intimidated, frustrated, and unprepared. continue reading>>

Source: Marcia Kerz (The Huffington Post )

Aging workers, be wary of discrimination

New evidence linking aging workers to the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is scary on two fronts.

First, it ties declining job performance with common symptoms of the dementia that now affects 5 million Americans. By 2040, that number is expected to quadruple.

Dr. John C. Morris, director of the Alzheimer’s disease research center at Washington University, says the signs amount to subtle changes or decline in mental ability.

“So co-workers will cover up at first and make excuses such as, ‘Well, Fred is getting over the loss of his brother,’ or ‘We just got a new computer system.’ ” continue reading>>

Source: Delaware

How to Avoid Intergenerational War in the Workforce

Managing the four (some say five or six) generations in the workforce is difficult enough in good times. Daunting in bad times. In fact, based on the work I’m doing to help companies manage the intergenerational workforce, I believe the table is set for seriously disruptive conflict among disparate generations over compensation, benefits, work rules, training opportunities and advancement. This isn’t just theory.

Feedback I receive from my undergraduate students at Villanova University show that relationships between and among younger and older workers are showing signs of stress and acrimony. The issues? continue reading>>

Fuse: Igniting the Full Power of the Creative Economy

Fuse: Igniting the Full Power of the Creative Economy

The twentieth-century workplace meets the twenty-first-century workforce in this examination of the mashup between Boomer employers and Millennial employees that Jim Finkelstein and Mary Gavin say will ignite the full power of the creative economy.

Twenty-first-century business requires the skill and experience of Boomer managers and CEOs, but also the “technosmarts,” wide-ranging creative thinking, and consensus-based work style of Millennials, the 80 million Americans born between 1975 and 1995. But while 64 million skilled Boomers will retire by the end of the decade, the Millennials set to replace them are finding corporate life alien to them, resulting in an 80 percent job-dissatisfaction rate, the authors write; the high rate of turnover costs businesses about $75k per incident.

Millennials are different from other generations in their attitudes, work styles, ability to take risks, and the ways in which they process information and are motivated. “They do not perceive boundaries of time, space, age, gender, race, ownership, or country of origin,” say the authors, and the failure to take these differences into consideration will be costly to American business. read more>>

Source: Kristen Morris (ForeWord Reviews)

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