As part of the Northern Colorado Prospers Goal #2: Align, Attract and Retain Talent, the Chamber and it’s Talent 2.0 partners have made it a goal to “Collectively address structural issues that serve as barriers to a secure talent pipeline.”
As employers strategize the best ways to recruit, create employee incentives and provide opportunities, experts are encouraging employers to take a closer look at one certain pool of talent: parents reentering the workforce.
“When it comes to working families, employers and politicians tend to focus on new mothers and fathers. Yet parents who leave the workforce when their kids are young but later want to reenter it might be corporate America’s greatest untapped resource,” wrote Harvard Business Review author, Joanne Lipman, who recommends creating “returnships” and other ways of supporting these employees back to work.
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There is no clear strategy for older workers’ retirement and phasing out of the workforce. That could cost employers in both the short and long term.
After 37 years of teaching high school English, Martha Taylor-Nobile wanted to wake up just a little later in the morning.
So at 60, she retired earlier than she had planned.
“I could’ve kept going, but it just felt right,” she said. “My energy level was down, so I questioned whether I was doing the best job possible.”
Taylor-Nobile said her employer, the Greenwich, Connecticut, Public Schools District, allowed her to transition out of full-time work by becoming a mentor to new teachers. She had fewer classes to teach and spent time observing and coaching other less-experienced instructors.
“It was invigorating,” said Taylor-Nobile, now 66. “I got to share my experiences, and they showed me new ways of doing things too.”
Transitioning from full-time work to full-time retirement isn’t always as flawless as Taylor-Nobile’s experience. Often, baby boomers — those born between 1946 through 1964 — need to retire earlier than they expect, have to take a job that requires a lower skill set or must work longer at their current job to save more for retirement.
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The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) LIVE Online Update during the morning of January 30, 2019.
The Chamber was excited to present in a different way to update investors on the NCP goals by using Zoom web conferencing.
During the presentation, David May, talked about the work on the new Talent Portal website, 2019 transportation efforts, April 2 Election issues and candidates, progress on employer interviews and much more.
Click here for the Recorded Online Presentation
Click here for the NCP Quarterly Update Publication .
The next NCP event is the Annual Summit held on April 10 at a location TBD.
By: Rashan Dixon
Over the past several years, I’ve talked with plenty of leaders who accuse the new workforce of being unprepared, overly sensitive, lazy and narcissistic. That’s a shame; these are common stereotypes that aren’t always founded in reality.
However, these leaders can change their minds — for the better. How? By embracing younger generations and taking the following six steps.
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