For several decades we have anticipated and consulted on the rapid evolution of the diverse and flexible workplace. Our semi-monthly FlexBulletin offers insight and guidance on the mutually beneficial and respectful workplace and workforce of the future. Several of us contribute to the Respectful Exits blog which promotes extended work and phased retirement for today’s employees. See current posts below and sign up to receive them regularly.
Since 2008 these widely respected, twice-monthly essays have offered unique and innovative guidance for champions of workplace change.
Flex Bulletin – Defeating Ebola: Band-aids or Behavior Change?
The “good thing” about life-threatening epidemics is they trigger public health campaigns
Googling Bias Should Bring up Mutual Respect
It has been said that “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” When the advocates of Diversity and Inclusion in major employers began their campaigns to remake company cultures open to and supportive of diverse populations, few knew how extraordinarily long and hard the road would be.
“Let’s Make Flex Great Again”
No doubt that phrase sounds at least vaguely familiar. The original slogan – “Make America Great Again” – adorned the caps and T-shirts of the winning forces in what may have been America’s longest and most rancorous Presidential campaign ever. Campaign slogans are seldom controversial or even stimulating.
Phasing in Phased Retirement–or Not
For nearly a decade, the huge Baby Boomer cohort has been marching toward retirement – visibly, predictably and traditionally. Then a funny thing began to happen. At first longer, healthier lives challenged the standard retirement age. Then came the Great Recession.
Since 2008 more than 100 Bulletins have chronicled the evolution of the flexible workplace and this archive is a rich guide.
For three decades, thousands of employers have talked about phased retirement.
During those years, our principals and countless companies have built flexible scheduling systems to strengthen employee retention and add value for those employers.
But age bias, old habits, confusion and unfounded fears have stood in the way of respectful and flexible exits for older workers.
The time to change that has come. Respectful Exits is a campaign to replace premature termination and retirement with open-ended work and the option of phasing out of full-time employment.
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Launching Respectful Exits: Time to Retire “Retirement”
“Everyone talks about working longer, but few do anything about it…”
A serious challenge is upon us, and we are heading for a crisis.
The longstanding practice of treating older workers as disposable and a burden, the first to be downsized, neglected or slated for premature retirement has run into new and stark truths. MORE
Age Bias Hurts Everyone – and Especially Women
Age bias damages people and affects all workers. Just as women face a variety of forms of discrimination at work, they face greater challenges as they age.
Gender bias intersects with age and other factors like race and ethnicity and adds a unique set of burdens. In general, women live longer, are poorer, have to and are interested in working longer.
Despite this, they have a harder time getting hired, and face increasing discrimination. The acronym for Sex + Age Discrimination is SAD. It is, sadly, accurate. MORE