Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Survey: New England Employers Not Ready for Replacing Aging Workforce

A survey conducted by the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) reports that over 85% of all firms did not have a recruiting strategy in place to offset the impending retirement of the baby boomers from the workplace, and only 5% responded that they did have a plan in place. In addtion, the NEHRA's e-Survey on the Aging Workforce shows 83% of respondents as not having a formalized plan to retain retirement-eligible workers. Of the 7% that reported having one in place, 74% reported flex-time was the best tactic to retain these workers, with job sharing ranked second at 26%, and telecommuting third at 40%.
"We are already facing a talent shortage in the New England area, and with the retirement of the baby boomer generation at hand, it will only get worse," advises Dan Henry, Chairman of the Board of NEHRA. "We hope these findings help generate some serious discussions and solutions for local businesses before any real crises occur."
Source: Northeast Human Resources Association "Aging workforce a challenge for most firms in the region, NEHRA survey says" (July 23, 2007)

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