Job partnering across generations


Job sharing- the way to address some of the issues raised by the ageing population and youth unemployment….?

Demographics and media headlines from today’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor leave us in no doubt of the need for many current 40 and 50 year olds to stay in work longer than previously expected. Not everyone in those age groups will be lucky enough to have a paid job. As we progress through this decade, we are seeing more people with multiple jobs or earning activities to maintain their desired living standards. Those who do have a single job meeting their needs are starting to think about their future and wondering whether the pace and pervasive spread of their work will be something they can face for the next 20 or 30 years.

Meanwhile the profoundly depressing figures given for 16-24 year olds out of work are rising, offering little hope to those who would once have been readily recruited and trained to replace those retiring at 60.

What about a happy coupling of these issues?

While we know that neighbouring generations find it hard to get on together (as experienced by many parents and their maturing children), we also know that a 2 generation difference makes for an easier relationship (grandparents and grandchildren). So should employers consider offering job partnerships between 60 plus employees wanting to do less and potential new starters wanting to do more?

Isn’t that an opportunity for genuine talent management?

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