The Surprising Surge of Senior Workers

Author: judyjudy

The Surprising Surge of Senior Workers

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A compelling trend demands our attention in a world that often fixates on the influx of younger talent. That is the active participation of older workers, specifically those aged 65 and above. This seismic shift challenges traditional notions of retirement and presents a unique opportunity for employers to tap into the transformative mindset of fulfilling living.

A recent analysis from the Pew Research Center takes a look at older workers and employers. The insights highlight a remarkable increase in the workforce of Americans aged 65 and older – a staggering 19%, nearly double the percentage from 1987. Astonishingly, workers aged 75 and older are leading the charge as the fastest-growing demographic in the workforce.
What’s even more intriguing is their high job satisfaction. Workers aged 75 and older are also the most satisfied: In a different Pew Research Center study from March, workers 65 and older were more likely than those between the ages of 18 and 29 to say they are pleased or delighted with their overall employment, with two-thirds of them reporting the highest level of job satisfaction.
According to Emmy Lucas’s Forbes article, growing company benefits—like benefits targeted at senior employees or phased retirement plans—are causing this change. Workers are facing more and more severe financial obstacles, such as inflation, shifting Social Security benefits, and changes in pensions, in addition to being healthier and less likely to be disabled.
Moreover, embracing the Age Brilliantly mindset allows us to lead fulfilling, long lives (to 100+) and follow our passions as trailblazers. The concept rejects the notion of an abrupt 30-year retirement, promoting the idea that continued engagement in work aligned with one’s passions and purposes keeps individuals excited about life.
Dr Howard Tucker, a 101-year-old practising doctor, epitomizes the rejection of retirement. He staunchly declares that “retirement is the enemy of longevity.” His dedication to teaching medical students showcases the vitality and longevity that can be achieved by staying active and engaged.
So, in the surprising surge of senior workers and to lead long, fulfilling lives, here are some key activities we can start practising today.
Implement Age-Inclusive Policies: Employers should recognize the value that older workers bring to the table and consider implementing age-inclusive policies. This could involve offering phased retirement programs, tailored benefits, and acknowledging the diverse skill sets of a multigenerational workforce.
Promote Lifelong Learning: Encourage a culture of continuous learning within organizations. Older workers are eager to adapt to the evolving workplace, and employers should provide opportunities for skill development and knowledge enhancement.
Foster Collaboration and Mentorship: Leverage the wealth of experience possessed by older workers by fostering collaboration and mentorship programs. This contributes to the professional development of younger employees and ensures a transfer of valuable institutional knowledge.
Embrace Diversity and Inclusion: Recognize the importance of diversity, not just in terms of age but also in experiences and perspectives. Embracing a diverse workforce contributes to innovation and a dynamic workplace environment.
As we step into the holiday season, let’s reflect on the changing landscape of our workforce. The surge of older workers signals a demographic shift and a shift in mindset towards embracing a fulfilling, extended professional life. Employers and employees must seize this opportunity to create workplaces celebrating the Age Brilliantly philosophy.
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