Ok, Boomer - We're Ready to Listen, Millennial Workers Admit

Boomers are retiring in large numbers. Many of them have exited the workforce to spend time with their families, travel, and enjoy their golden years. This mass exodus has caused younger workers to open their minds, finally, to the wisdom of the older generation. With succession plans looming for many companies Millennials and Gen Xers are asking more questions than usual.

Boomers Have Knowledge and Expertise

In partnership with Express Employment Professionals, and covered by Supply Chain Dive, 59% of Boomer employees have shared much or all of the knowledge needed to perform their job responsibilities with their younger counterparts. 

But Will It Make a Difference?

Despite the acknowledgment of the importance of knowledge sharing, however, more than a quarter of Baby Boomers (27%) reportedly say that the day-to-day processes within their organization change so often that the knowledge they have to contribute may be irrelevant by the time they retire.

Wisdom Is In the Eye of the Beholder

These opinions, however, seem to be one-sided. 84% of U.S, employees claim that it is a significant loss when their Baby Boomer coworkers retire without sharing their years of knowledge. Even with the rapid evolution of internal processes, it seems younger employees may still benefit from the sharing of experiences and wisdom that older coworkers have to offer.

The Slow Fade Dilemma

Express Employment conducted a poll in April that showed 78% of workers between the ages of 57-75 would rather remain only semi-retired than abandoning the workforce entirely. The issue with this slow fade strategy is that only 21% of the reported workers' employers offer semi-retirement as an option.

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