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Added: Sun. Feb 24, 2013 5:53pm
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WMKVSHOW 2-25-13

Hello again. This is Alice Hornbaker for WMKV 89.3 FM and wmkvfm.org streaming my column “Life after 50” around the world on the Internet Mondays and Thursdays at 2:20 p.m. and Fridays at 8:50 am. And as a blog on growingbolder.com, Facebook and Linkedin.com.


It’s finally recognized. Hallelujah! The Cincinnati Enquirer’s reporter Dan Horn had a big story in Sunday’s paper in the business section headed: older workers transform the modern workplace.

The statistics now prove older workers are being hired and in increasing numbers.

In America’s changing workforce in year 2013 older workers have been going back to work much faster than at any time in the past half century.

Prove it? Hear this: from Horn’s article: workers age 55 to 64: 23.3 million or an increase of 62% between 2000 and 2010.

Workers 65 to 74: 5.4 million or an increase of 55% between 2000 and 2010.

And finally workers 75 and older: 1.3 million or an increase of 60% between year 2000 and 2010.

Horn’s story with photographs featured three senior engineers returning to the work force. They bring with them from their work era a work ethic many younger ones have not. These men and many more seniors like them love their work and they come dedicated to do and get the job done.

The president of the firm that hired the senior engineers told the reporter that he is thrilled because they bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

What surprised even the president was the merging of the seniors with the younger work force was not a problem. He saw that they can and do work together.

You might rightly ask why these retired engineers would strike out again by going into the current work force. Well one admitted it was the pay and the others didn’t argue. Another said he had watched all the TV he could stand in retirement. Amen to that. That’s why I continue to write and work into my eighth decade.

What was different for these returning seniors was the congenial atmosphere in this work force, which is heavily populated by staff members much younger than they ---some even the age of their grandchildren.

Didn’t matter. The point these skilled men made along with thousands of other returning to the workforce is that seniors go back to get a job done. If the younger workers do some unfamiliar things in the office like play basketball into a toy basketball net or declare certain days for special dress or games, doesn't matter. They are all there to get the job done.

For years I wrote about and lectured on the advantage of hiring seniors back into the work force ,often into deaf ears until recently. Now more and more employers are realizing that experience in the workforce is as valuable as youth.

And I’ll say it again –hallelujah!


For WMKV 89.3 FM and wmkvfm.org on the Internet, this is Alice Hornbaker.

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