The NY Times recently reported that a “new golden age for the American worker may be right around the corner” as literally, every industry in America cites some degree of labor shortage. We imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more news about this topic.
From the Washington Post, Danielle Paquette, covers the shortage of workers which could stall economic growth. With 10,000 Boomers retiring every day, companies are having difficulty finding skilled workers to employ. Then again, with so many returning to work after retiring, there may be a second life for these workers and those simply not prepared to stop working.
Paquette reports about the trend in a variety of industries, from snowplow operators, to truck drivers to construction workers. While the US unemployment is at a 17-year low, the shortage could also spell trouble for ongoing growth if employers can’t fill jobs.
These are just a few glimpses into the country’s biggest scramble for workers in decades.
Link to the full article: 2018’s challenge: Too many jobs, not enough workers
From the Missoulian, Leanne Kavanagh reports on the need to recruit from other shores to fill vacancies in education and nursing and why boomers choosing to delay retirement are helping too.
From the Burlington Free Press, Tom Brassard penned an opinion piece that covers older workers being a solution to worker shortages in Vermont.
Savvy employers are finding creative ways to engage older workers in new ways with promising results.
Automaker BMW is adapting its production environment to anticipate the impact of its aging workforce into the next 10-20 years. They launched a pilot titled “2017 production line” assigning senior workers to a demanding production line to measure their ability to maintain production of 560 gearboxes per day. Within just three months, managers working with this production line improved productivity by 7 percent, bringing it into line with younger workforces.
Link to the full article: Opinion: Older workers offer solution for VT
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