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June 18th, 2008

Baby Boomers vs. Generation Y

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