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The Multi-generational and Aging Workforce

The Multi-generational and Aging Workforce

Challenges and Opportunities

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Cary Cooper and Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou

The workforce is aging as people live longer and healthier lives, and mandatory retirement has become a relic of the past. Though workforces have always contained both younger and older employees the age range today has expanded, and the generational gap has become more distinct. This book advocates the need for talented employees of all ages as a way to prevent potential skill shortages and considers both the challenges and opportunities that these changes raise for individual organizations. The benefits they discuss include greater employee diversity with regards to knowledge, skills experience and perspectives, whilst challenges involve potential generational tensions, stereotypes and age biases. The book further places an emphasis on initiatives to create generation-friendly workplaces; these involve fostering lifelong learning, tackling age stereotypes and biases, employing reverse mentoring where younger employees mentor older employees, and offering older individuals career options including phased retirement, bridge employment and encore careers.

Chapter 15: Workplace learning: vital at all ages

Ronald J. Burke

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour

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This chapter positions the concepts of informal and formal workplace learning as vital to employees’, of all ages, ability to perform present and future jobs at a high level. In addition, individual workplace learning contributes to organizational success and societal progress. Individual and workplace learning cultures help organizations adopt new approaches and technologies, and respond more rapidly to the increased pace of change. The chapter considers the following content: learning organizations, organizational learning cultures, informal workplace learning and formal training, the concept of employability, and what individuals and workplaces can do to enhance the learning of employees of all ages and career stages.

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