Working Longer

New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Employees

 Working Longer

Authors: William J. Rothwell, Harvey Sterns, Diane Spokus, Joel Reaser
Pub Date: June 2008
Print Edition: $29.95
Print ISBN: 9780814473924
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814400821

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Working Longer

New AMACOM Book Gives Readers the Secret Weapon for Winning the War on Talent

While many employers have traditionally viewed their younger employees as their most precious assets, the truth is that their more seasoned workers are often their most valuable. With legions of Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, employers may soon be facing a shortage of skilled, knowledgeable workers and a loss of institutional knowledge. The work force is aging quickly and employees of retirement age account for an increasingly significant percentage of the average company’s workforce. By 2012, workers who are 55 and older will make up about 19% of the labor force, compared with 14% in 2002, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now more than ever, it is imperative that employers begin viewing their older workers as their most valuable assets.

Written by experts in the field of workforce education and the management of older workers, WORKING LONGER: New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Employees (AMACOM 2008) gives recruiters, managers, and trainers the tools they need to nurture and empower these vital employees. As the authors emphasize, “The dramatic increase in the number of middle-aged and older workers in the U.S. national labor force is transforming the world of work. People are exploring working longer, new career and employment options, and the use of experience in new and challenging ways. There is a need to rethink how we see middle and older adulthood.” This book arms employers with an action-oriented “how to” manual, based on best practices and research, on such crucial topics as:

• HR challenges raised by older workers

• Health and safety needs of older adult workers

• Using creativity to tap the retiree base

• Measuring skill acquisition

• Training programs and apprenticeships that prepare older adults for the changing

• Career and performance management techniques for effectively motivating and engaging older workers

With compassion and wisdom, WORKING LONGER shows employers how to value, coach, and keep their most experienced people.

About the Authors:

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D. is Professor-in-Charge of a graduate program in Workforce Education and Development at Penn State University. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Diane Spokus is an adjunct instructor at Penn State University. She lives in University Park, Pennsylvania. Joel Reaser is Senior Vice President at the National Older Worker Career Center. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. Harvey Stearns, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron. He lives in Akron, Ohio.

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