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Written by: Kent Hatcher on June 18th, 2008

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of attention in the media regarding the aging workforce; rightly so, since the proportion of employees aged 55-64 is growing at a faster pace than any other group. Other interesting statistics from published research:

  • Approximately 20% of the work force is in the 55-64 age range
  • 75 million baby boomers will start to reach age 65 beginning in 2010
  • Eventual retirement age is going to be 72

But with so much attention being placed on our aging workforce, are we missing the boat on our yourger (under 25), less experienced workers? Salimen’s (2004)* review of 64 studies from 18 countries revealed that:

  • 56% of the studies showed younger workers had the highest injury rate
  • 27% of the studies showed no difference based on age
  • 17% of the studies showed older workers had a higher rate of injury

Definitely worth thinking about since our Generation X,Y and soon to be Z’s will be in the workforce for years to come.

*"An International Literature Review" S. Salimen, Journal of Safety Research, 35 (2004) 513-521

2 responses to “Baby Boomers vs. Generation Y”

  1. Sheryle Moon says:

    I firmly believe that in Australia we need to re-define what the average daily and weekly job looks like and how it is remunerated so that we hold onto older workers.
    Research firm, Mercer, says that by the year 2012 the amount of workers in the Australian labour force aged 55+ will increase by 14 per cent while the amount of workers aged 25-54 will increase by only 5 per cent.
    In industries where work is increasingly based on knowledge-creation, the focus needs to be on the workplace as a key arena for encouraging ‘lifelong learning’ as part of work.
    Retaining and retraining older workers will save recruiting costs, maintain institutional memory and technical knowledge and give a higher return on investment in training.

  2. Excellent point Sheryle and this has worldwide impact.

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