Fourteen Steps in Managing an Aging Work Force
October 1, 1995
Some things to consider as the baby boomers mature:
- Understand the changing work force.
- Implement the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and understand its implications for management policy and practice.
- Know the facts about the normal aging process.
- Prevent work-induced stress detrimental to older workers and encourage effective stress management.
- Know the health-related cost/benefit issues of older workers and use cost-management strategies.
- Use objective performance appraisals.
- Offer well-designed retraining programs and encourage older workers to participate.
- Implement alternative work schedules.
- Use knowledge of life stages for job assignments and team building.
- Conduct management training on the subject of aging to prevent age discrimination and to encourage effective use of older workers.
- Use community resources for future employment and career-development opportunities for older employees.
- Examine labor's history, policies, needs and services regarding older union workers.
- Capitalize on older workers' desires and abilities to extend their working career.
- Offer comprehensive retirement-planning programs.
SOURCE: Helen Dennis' book, "Fourteen Steps in Managing an Aging Work Force," (Lexington Books, 1988).
Personnel Journal, October 1995, Vol. 74, No. 10, p. 58.