HR perspective on Reitirng Boomers and incoming Gen Y
July 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm #105197
I am an editor with FierceGovernment IT and I am currently working on a story about the coming demographic shift in government as large numbers of Boomers go into retirement and gov. looks to hire the next generation. It seems the two biggest challenges are retaining the knowledge of those retiring while adapting to the needs of the new workforce.
Essentially I would like to hear the HR perspective on this.
1. How will this generational shift affect government?
2. How will the gov. hire and compete for new talent?
3. How does Gov/Web 2.0 fit into all of this?
Thanks for your help.
July 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm #105215
Here’s a paper I wrote about this challenge 8 years ago. Hope it contains something useful for you. Let me know if the link doesn work.
July 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm #105213
Were you at the Next Generation of Government Summit last week? These and many other issues were discussed and statistics where shared. If not, I’m happy to direct you to some materials. Per a specific HR point of view, OPM has some of this human capital/HR data. I’m also happy to chat about the generational shift viewpoint as well.
July 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm #105211
Dr. John HudsonParticipant
I’d like to see the materials. We are doing research right now in regarding Human Capital for specific areas of expertise the government is projecting to have increased demand for and potentially low and/or decreasing numbers of employees and applicants. Thanks for offering … even though the offer wasn’t REALLY for me …. :>)
July 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm #105209
Unfortunately I was not able to attend the Summit last week . If you could direct those materials that would be great. You seem to have all the answers I need, so I would like to discuss this issue more in depth with you. Shoot me an email at [email protected] and we can get in touch.
July 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm #105207
Thanks Mark. The link does still work. Is there anything else you would like to add on top of your report given developments in last 8 years?
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July 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm #105201
Only that the frenzy over filling seats with warm bodies to replace those retiring has cemented our gaze on recruitment, over retention and wisdom transfer. That many of those in HR are young, and unaware of what is bleeding out, doesn’t help matters much.
Quite simply, I know we’re not doing a very good job of it on our side of the border, and it is hard to imagine anyone else is, either.
Does Gov/Web 2.0 increase or decrease the propensity for having the right sorts of internal conversations? That, I don’t know. You would think it might, simly by providing a mechanism. But on the other hand, it is a mechanism that tends to be used only by younger junior staff. The “lifers” tend not to drop in, or leverage it.
I will seize this opportunity to put in yet another plug for the exquisite book by the late Larry Terry “LEADERSHIP OF PUBLIC BUREAUCRACIES: THE ADMINISTRATOR AS CONSERVATOR”, which outlines all the things you have to do to keep a public institution true to itself, and the manner in which that internal consistency fosters its authoritativeness, and buy-in by stakeholders into its policies and practices. Among them is the management of wisdom, as I’ve outlined. A highly recommended read.
July 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm #105199
Thanks for the recommended read Mark. Sounds interesting. I’ll add to my reading list.
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