Outside the Box: Boomers to employers: age has nothing to do with a job well done

We already know the answer to the big question facing an aging America: Will we have the savings to retire as early as our parents and grandparents did?

We won’t. People will work longer because both individual finances and government capability are falling short of what’s needed to support decades-long retirement.

The pressing question now is: How can employers best utilize older workers’ talents and take advantage of increasingly age-diverse workforces? Older workers are an abundant, valuable, and largely unrecognized resource. But negative stereotypes lead many employers to overlook this resource’s unique ability to increase productivity.

As aging accelerates worldwide, it’s time to update our views about older workers.

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