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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Labor Shortage In Your lifetime? 8 Things Mature Workers Should Look For In Companies


Editors Notes: Unbelievable!  If you are in your 40's or 50's you will probably experience another LABOR SHORTAGE during your work career according to the  U.S. Census. So what do you have to look forward to in your golden years? A better lifestyle- flexible hours, job sharing and better wages. Is it a dream? What do you think? Am I crazy?

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030, nearly 20% of the American population will be 65 or older, compared to just 12.4% in 2000. As these workers retire, the U.S. could face serious worker and skill shortages. Even in the midst of today’s record high unemployment, some firms are getting the jump on this threat by introducing senior-friendly policies and work arrangements. Based on a recent report from the Urban Institute, here are eight features that mature workers can look for in their company that make it easier to continue working later in life.

1. Flexible work hours – such as four 10-hour days in a week, or shifting work hours to earlier or later in the day – can give mature workers more control over their schedule, enabling them to manage their personal obligations (such as attending to aging parents or scheduling medical appointments), or simply give them more flexibility to travel or pursue hobbies.

2. Part-time schedules allow older workers the option to phase into retirement and have more time off.

3. Job sharing (an arrangement where two people share the duties of a single job) can help older workers extend their careers by working more flexible hours and perhaps training or mentoring younger employees. Employers can also benefit from this arrangement because two people sharing a job may have a more diverse skill set.

4. Some companies offer policies that allow mature workers to change jobs within the company. Some older workers may wish to stay with the company but transfer to a lower-intensity position. Others might be tired of the same tasks they’ve been doing for years and be interested in a new challenge. Some companies recognize this and have begun to create options for older employees to transfer into “career deceleration” positions or mentoring programs that allow older workers to train or teach newer employees.
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  1. the real unemployment rate is approaching 20%.

    i've read that there are 5 unemployed people for every available job.

    please specify the source that says there is going to be a labor shortage any time soon.

    if you are going to make a useful contribution, please focus on the problem at hand NOW! that would be creating jobs in the USA.

    I bet that there are enough unemployed people that we could all form our own independent companies. We need ideas that focus on large scale implementations.

    i've been playing this interview/resume game for over a year now on the unemployment. i practice all things that you state much of the time. i find it is being in the right place at the right time with the right people.

  2. Yes it is more BS. And I don't want part time work. I WANT FULL TIME. AND I AM NOT SHOPPING WITH CORPORATE AMERICA UNTIL I GET IT. ACTUALLY, EVEN AFTER I GET IT I WILL REFUSE TO SHOP WITH THEM. And we should all use our credit cards less. What is this business about earning $5.00 per year on $38,000 in a Moneymarket account. THIS IS TOTAL EFFING BULL.

    We have to almost form a separate country in the United States. Too bad the Indians already got there first. I would like to partner with them to destroy the united states. Get everyone hooked on gambling so we can foreclose on them.


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