Friday, March 7, 2014
If you’re asking “why?”, then you’re not aware of the sobering statistics heralding a significant labor shortage in the nation, and especially in Maine, with the oldest population in the U.S.
Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, make up a large slice (30%) of Maine’s population and if they follow the traditional pattern, will retire within the next 10 years. That enormous exodus of talent, expertise and labor would be devastating to the economy.
However, those of us in the second half of life are projected to have an additional 30 years of quality years giving us more time to do things we’ve deferred, but also time to try out a new career or continue on in our jobs well past the traditional retirement age.
The importance of meaningful work increases as we age. Therefore, boomers are likely to have different priorities as they live into their second half of life years. While many are expected to continue working well into their 70’s, it’s not likely to be business as usual in terms of what they’ll want as they extend their tenure at work.
If employers want to stem the tide of a labor shortage, they’d be wise to think creatively now about ways to re-engage and retain workers over 50.
In addition to blogs I've written on midlife and later years that you can view on my website, here are ideas to consider to keep Boomers engaged and productive:
Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.
With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.
An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.
Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.
Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.
Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.