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ERIC Number: ED238383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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The Older Employee as a Concern of Staff Developers.
Galbraith, Michael W.
Staff development concerns pertaining to older employees (65 years old or older) and implications for higher education are discussed. The demographic trends of this population and factors affecting labor force participation are considered, along with barriers for the older adult, and possible solutions. Factors affecting older employees' participation in the labor force include changes in the social security system, demographic shifts in the age distribution of the population, continued inflation, and age discrimination legislation. Stereotypes about the job performance of older workers and current retirement policies are also addressed. It is suggested that the older worker is an important resource in the nation's labor force, but they have not been given proper consideration. Staff development professionals can help change the situation by understanding the abilities and needs of the older worker and through: involvement with advocacy groups and organizations that represent the older person; counseling, referral, training, and placement of older workers; and working to develop retirement policies that encourage older worker employment. An attitudinal change among administrators toward older workers is important to eliminate barriers to career planning for the older worker. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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