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2010 News Archive

New Sloan Center on Aging & Work Web Resource Defines, Illustrates Benefits of Flexibility in the US

7 December 2010—Businesses, employees and society win with flexibility

Older Adults Struggle in Job Search

16 November 2010—Improving search strategies and engaging in more training may enhance older job seekers’ outcomes

Working In Retirement: A 21st Century Phenomenon

6 October 2010—Working in retirement may be a new life stage

Flexible Redesign an Option to Fill Manufacturing Skills Gap

1 October 2010—Workplace flexibility as cost saving recruitment/retention strategy

Organizational Culture Change, Energy Training, and Stress Reduction — Effective Global Responses to Employee Health Needs

23 September 2010—Customizing cultures of health can reduce costs and improve employee well-being and productivity

Unexpected Non-Retirement of Japanese Creates Business Tension, Opportunity

16 September 2010—Human resource strategy and age-related markets keys for further development

Aging, Shrinking Labor “Problem” Forces Japanese Human Resource Innovation

13 September 2010—Japanese corporate culture has been slower to develop strategic perspective

Amidst High National Unemployment, Plenty of Jobs In Healthcare

24 August 2010—Expanding health care need could provide numerous attractive jobs

Sloan Center Collateral Wins National Media Award

13 July 2010—Brochure honored in largest awards program of its kind

Manufacturing May be Facing Another Problem

22 June 2010—Retirement could affect applicant pool and cost of training new workers

Gender, Age & Job Satisfaction

20 May 2010—New analysis addresses older worker job satisfaction and the paradox of the content female worker

Director Comments on White House Forum

 15 April 2010—Seeing Flexibility as Competitive Advantage is Critical

Flexibility Honored With Presidential Commitment

12 April 2010—The White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility asserted that companies with flexible work arrangements could actually have lower turnover and absenteeism, higher productivity, and healthier workers.

Flexible Options Positive for Business, Health and the Nation

 06 April 2010—Better mental and physical health linked to flexibility

Aging & Work Director Invited to White House Forum

29 March 2010—Pitt-Catsouphes among distinguished work life thought leaders to discuss workplace flexibility

The “Contributions” Of Older Adults

26 March 2010—A Conversation with Jacquelyn B. James, Director of Research at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work

State Agencies Lead in Awareness, Lag in Change to Aging Workforce

8 March 2010—State agencies need age-responsive training to confront heightened risk of talent loss (from Training + Development Magazine)

Should UK employers drop retirement ages?

4 March 2010—Center Director Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes weighs in on UK government bid to abolish default retirement age of 65.

US Among Highest Rates of Older Workers Globally

25 February 2010—Currently men (28%) and women (27%) aged 45+ make up more than a quarter of the total economically active population in the US according to recent studies of both developed and developing economies published by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work. Trends are similar in Japan, however, the trend in the US is more than twice the percentage of economically active in Australia, France, and India within the same age group.

Older Workers More Engaged Than Younger Employees

25 February 2010—Are we coming to a point where we think that older adults who seek some supplemental resources or adjustments so that they can contribute are displaying a contagious strain of selfishness? Read David Brooks on “reverse generativity.”

Union Presence Bodes Poorly for Full-Time Employee Health Insurance Offerings

15 February 2010— Organizations without union presence more likely to offer health insurance to all employees (46%) than those with (26%).

Back in School a Second Time

12 February 2010—Two women experience challenges of non-traditional life/career stages

Sloan Center Work Cited Among Top 10 Work Life Culture Stories of 2009

1 February 2010—The multi-generational workforce gets a serious look for its work life emphasis and proactive recommendations for employee engagement.

Country Context Matters in Work-Life Adoption

28 January 2010—As many as 70% of American and 67% of British employers state that flexible hours are available for employees, compared with just 36% of French employers. Why the discrepancy?

Older Workers Seen as More Loyal But More Resistant to Change

25 January 2010—In a recent survey of state agencies by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work, late-career employees were perceived most positively by state agencies with regard to having a strong work ethic (95%), being loyal to the agency (94%), and having low turnover rates (87%) in comparison to the early and mid-career employees. However, when looking at the state agencies’ perceptions of negative attributes of employees, late-career employees were perceived to be the most resistant to change (41%).

US Among Highest Rates of Older Workers Globally

25 January 2010—Age perceptions affect both younger and older workers. The new age demographics of today’s workforce will continue to be challenging until we are able to set aside negative expectations that reflect stereotypes rather than abilities. Across the country, younger people and older people are trailblazing new territory with regard to age-related norms and expectations.

“Innovation Lab” to Transform Team Creativity into Business Solutions

25 January, 2010—Even though most companies are aware of changing workplace and marketplace demographics, fewer than a third of U.S. firms have taken proactive steps to transform awareness into action, according to recent Center studies.

How Much Does Age Matter and What Business Can Do About It

 22 January 2010—With four generations now working side by side, and the aging of Baby Boomers, it's easy for employers to want to group employees and make assumption about age cohorts and what they want.

What is the Age-Identity of your Organization?

14 January 2010—Considering the larger social climate, there may be some tip-toeing around age, which is a short-sighted approach. Age is indeed a diversity issue, but one that connects to the basic foundations of organizational efficiency and success...