A Majority of Businesses Are Not Prepared To Meet The Aging Workforce Crisis

Business Research Services for AARP, October 2006

83% of employers agree that workers approaching traditional retirement age will play a greater role in the U.S. workforce over the next decade.


“Despite an overall awareness of the potential implications of the aging workforce, few companies have taken action to prepare.”

The Gap Between Recognition and Implementation Presents Both Challenges and Opportunities

Whether you are a safety and health professional, a human resources manager, an administrator, an industrial hygienist, an ergonomist, an occupational medicine physician or a nurse the idea of the "aging workforce" may not be entirely new to you. You may already be familiar with some of the general issues. Odds are, though, that wherever you stand, your organization has yet to prepare for this enormous demographic shift.

There's little question that as the baby boom generation edges toward retirement, many things will change. Many of these changes will be predictable ones and the employers, unions and other organizations that prepare will thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market.

Older workers have skills, experience and work ethics that are good for business.