Monday, April 09, 2012

U.S. Employers Ramping Up, but Still Unprepared, for Boomers Leaving the Workforce

U.S. employers are ramping up skills training and employee benefits aimed at closing skills gaps left when Baby Boomers retire, and at retaining and recruiting older workers, according to poll results released by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AARP. Nevertheless, many U.S. organizations are largely unprepared for the brain drain and skills void that talented, retiring older workers will leave.

On the positive side, according to the SHRM–AARP Strategic Workforce Planning survey, 72% of human resource professionals polled described the loss of talented older workers to be "a problem" or "a potential problem" for their organizations, and many organizations have taken actions to prepare for the loss of talented older workers who retire, including the following:
  • increased training and cross-training (45%;
  • developed succession planning (38%);
  • hired retired employees as consultants or temporary workers (30%);
  • offered flexible work arrangements (27%); and
  • designed part-time positions to attract older workers (24%).
On the other side, 71% of those polled still have not conducted a strategic workforce planning assessment to analyze the impact of workers 50 and older who will leave their organizations.

SHRM and AARP have partnered to help U.S. businesses and organizations, and, among other things, AARP offers a free, online Workforce Assessment Tool, providing a snapshot of an organization’s workforce and demographics and analyzes its programs to leverage the talents of its older workers, and the SHRM-AARP Partnership Resource Page includes poll and survey findings, articles, and links to the assessment tool, among others.

Source: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Press Release (April 9, 2012)

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