The number of older workers in the workforce in exploding. At the same time, employers increasingly report they are looking for exactly the attributes older workers offer: stability, interpersonal skills, and the ability to make immediate contributions. Sounds like a win-winyet older workers struggle to get hired.
Why? In today's workplace, many older employers are reporting to younger bosses. This shift presents unfamiliar challenges thatif ignoredcan prevent your company from attracting, retaining, and engaging older employees.
In Managing the Older Worker , the authors explain how companies and younger managers can navigate this new territory and maximize the value provided by older workers. The key? Adapt your management practices. For example:
- Embrace Just-in-Time Capabilities: Older workers offer the most cost-effective way to handle shor-term projects and changing workplace demands.
- Empower Older Workers: Younger supervisors can't rely on superior experiences for their authority, so they should engage older workers in the decision-making process.
- Lead with Mission: As employees age, they become more altruistic. Emphasize the positive impacts of older workers' efforts on the world around them.
- Forge Social Connections: Many older employees keep working to maintain social relationships. Offer tasks that require interaction with others.
The authors also dispel common myths about older workers. Through careful examination of the statistical evidence, they reveal more mature employees perform better on virtually all aspects of job performance and cost roughly the same to employ as their less senior colleagues. In a dedicated chapter, the authors also lay out the realities of age discrimination and propose strategies for combating it.
Managing the Older Worker reveals who your more mature employees are, what they want, and how to manage them for maximum value.
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ISBN 978-1422131657 Publication Date Aug-10 Author Peter Cappelli & Bill Novelli Format Hardcover Page Count 240 Manufacturer Harvard Business School Press