A huge demographic shift is taking place. As the populous baby boomer generation ages and nears retirement, many organizations are primed to face shortages in the workforce. And because the public sector is aging more rapidly than the private sector, state agencies are at a greater risk of losing a large chunk of their workforce in the next decade. In 2008, the Twiga Foundation and the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College collected data to assess how state agencies were preparing for the impending shortage. In the "States as Employers-of-Choice Survey," released in 2009, the organizations evaluated state agencies' progress in retaining older workers. The workforce as a whole will be affected by this demographic shift, but trainers must be especially strong in their ability to adapt. This means using age-responsive strategies and approaches to address the needs of older workers and creating flexible training options that can be adapted to the more pliable work options implemented by organizations.
Aging Agencies Risk Workforce Shortages Alexandra Bradley T + D; Mar 2010; 64, 3; Docstoc pg. 16 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner
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