Workforce Cloud Could Help Manage Five Generations of Feds

June 29, 2012

There's an interesting post on GovLoop by one of my top sources for input on generational issues, Andrew Krzmarzick, about a recent survey that found the majority of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are expecting to work into their 70s.

The global survey of 1,189 workers by Future Workplace found that 77 percent of Baby Boomers (between ages of 48 and 66) and 82 percent of Gen Xers (between ages of 36 and 47) believe they will work into their 70s. More employees working into their 70s means that by the year 2020, there will be five generations in the workplace, and federal agencies will need to develop new ways to attract, develop and engage all of these groups.

Krzmarzick poses several questions, including whether 70-somethings will be able to keep up with the pace of change, like technological change, not because they are incapable but because it is different from their primary way of working. There's also the question of how to keep skills sharp, what types of roles more seasoned workers would play, and what the cost implications are for more seasoned workers, who are likely to be paid much more than their younger colleagues. 

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