Mark Sullivan replied to the topic What If the Workplace Had More 70-Somethings? Because It Will… in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 6 months ago
A couple of other thoughts to add to the mix…
My interest was piqued by Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent article on the choices women (and now more men) face between home, academics, and career. While historically, a traditional individual’s career progression rate may have peeked in thier forties, other societal changes may change this, which may impact anticipated/ actual retirement age.
Along a similar vein, I wonder whether shifts in the composition of the typical household ay change retirement dynamics. I’m not just thinking of the traditional head(s) of household, who are supporting children and elderly parents. Rather, I wonder whether we will see a shift to ‘grandparent head-of-household’ where the granparent(s) is the primary wage earner for a family where the adult children are getting advanced degrees or certifications to participate in a knowledge economy at the same time grandchildren are attending grade school. It wasn’t that long ago that multi-generational working households were the norm. Maybe they will be again.
Finally, my belief is that organizational life is becoming increasingly complex, with the need to organize efforts across organizations, jurisdictions, and sectors becoming a necessity. My understanding of current research is that older workers may not be as adept at acquiring new knowledge, but they do tend to excel at building connections across disparate bodies of existing knowledge. That alone may be sufficient for employers to pay a premium to hold onto seniors.
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