In Gray Matters: Opportunities & Challenges for Indiana's Aging Workforce, Phase II: A Workplace Conundrum, the Center surveyed employers about their understanding of the ongoing demographic shift, any preparations they are making to deal with the changes, and their perceptions about employee loss and its impact on their operations. It also "onvened an expert panel of business, government and education representatives to discuss trends in the state and national workforce. The panelists agreed that intergenerational issues will have increasing impact in the workplace, and that the ideal employee--regardless of age – will be resilient, intellectually agile and responsive to change, with a broad foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities."
Among other recommendations for workers, employers, policymakers, educators, and trainers, the Center encourages employers to prepare for the future workforce by:
- conducting a skills audit of their organizations to
determine the core competencies essential for business success now and in the future;
- understanding the skills needed and who possesses them or where there are training needs within the organization;
- developing the agile worker for the new economy, with the ability to move between projects and embrace the changing technologies; and
- educating managers in ways to manage a multi-generational workforce.
Source: University of Indianapolis’ Center for Aging & Community News Release (July 9, 2007)