Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Work Force

Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Work Force

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that two groups, workers aged 65 to 74 years old and those 75 and older, are now growing faster than any others. But negative attitudes persist about the cost of older workers, their stamina, their tech skills and their willingness to learn. Programs like Age Smart Employer Awards, a project of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, are recognizing innovative approaches by companies embracing older workers. Award winners offer re-training opportunities, flexible scheduling, adaptation of physical tasks, phased retirement and other options to encourage productive employees to remain in the workforce longer.

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