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Age-Friendly Workplaces Required in the 21st Century

Posted on June 22, 2017 | by Vicki Vega
Age-Friendly Workplaces Required in the 21st Century

Editor's Note: Vicki Vega is an initiative consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota. A thought leader in human development and a leading-edge baby boomer, she is blazing new trails with her cohorts, learning new skills and exploring new horizons.

Recruit|Retrain|Retain: That’s the mantra successful employers live by.

And because a strong workforce is key to our community’s economic welfare, Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) is in the conversation exploring opportunities for all ages, including mature workers.

At CareerSource Suncoast’s recent State of Talent Conference, AFS played a significant role in discussing innovative solutions for engaging and managing our 21st century, multi-generational workforce.

The vehicle was a panel moderated by Dr. Laurey Stryker representing The Patterson Foundation. Participants were Dr. Kathy Black, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee professor of aging studies and social work and AFS initiative consultant, Harry Hobson of Plymouth Harbor, and Mike Jeffries of Mader Electric.

Individually, they spoke of benefits of hiring older workers — shattering some of the outdated myths – and techniques for engaging a multi-generational workforce.

Among the numerous benefits cited of hiring aged 50+ workers are experience, work ethic, maturity, and cost savings to the employer who can forgo providing a costly benefits package by hiring part-time workers.

Black pointed out that “technology proficiency is individual” and that studies show that a significant number of younger workers need training in the latest advances just as many of the older workers do.

Hobson suggested that intergenerational co-mentoring was a viable approach citing his own experience.

Jeffries talked about his successful recruitment and retention efforts of formerly retired skilled workers, of whom there is a critical shortage, who wanted or needed to re-enter the workforce part-time.

Comments from the audience — and the response was lively and enthusiastic — offered personal insights from the 100-plus human resources professionals, some of whom have found themselves as mature career seekers as well as seasoned professionals.

Panel members confessed after the presentation that they, themselves, were 50+ and that, as such, the topic was “near and dear” to their hearts. Not surprising given Sarasota County’s demographic positioning as the epicenter of the Longevity Revolution.

For more information about this important initiative, read about and engage with Age-Friendly Sarasota.

“Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.” Stephen Covey

Let’s go for it!

To contact Vicki: vickivtpf@gmail.com
Join Vicki on Twitter: @SRQBoomer


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