There is a misconception that baby boomers lack the novelty factor or adaptability to keep up with the evolving economy. Yes, they may not be as tech savvy as their millennial counterparts, or have the robust energy or lack of family obligations to work countless hours, however, there are still plenty of reasons you want baby boomers on your team.
More mature employees bring skills to many jobs that millennials can’t duplicate. A strong work ethic, loyalty, and communications skills are just a few reasons you may want to hire a seasoned worker over a young one. The Committee on Economic Development also indicated that employers rate older workers high on characteristics such as judgment, commitment to quality, attendance, and punctuality.
Older Americans will play an increasingly dynamic role in our economy and America’s leadership in the world marketplace. By 2020, approximately 25% of the workforce will be age 55 or older, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) states that millions of American aged 55+ are still working full or part time jobs every day. Many work to stay active and engaged in their community, while others work out of necessity, or to remain financially secure and independent.
Although, millennials possess impeccable tech savvy skills and make up 75% of the workforce today. They tend to lack the business experience and networks that baby boomers possess. It’s important to not neglect the generation that may bring a diverse perspective to our business. Here’s why:
They Have Great Leadership Skills And Experience
We must admit that the older you are, the more experience you possess. Older workers can confidently say they have been around the block, many having 40+ years of experience in the workforce. They’ve learned the ins and outs of their business and have skills and knowledge that can be passed on to younger generations. Their expertise and experience makes them influential mentors and leaders in their field.
They Have Superior Communication Skills
While millennials were cultivated in the era of text messaging and social media, older workers learned soft skills by interacting with people face to face. As a result, baby boomers have more engaging conversations, are better listeners, more empathetic, and clearly express their needs.
They Are Responsible And Loyal
It’s is no surprise that a greater percentage of millennials move from job to job every 1-2 years. For older workers, job security is more important than money. They tend to have long term and more committed relationships with their employers, thereby saving the company money in high turnover costs.
They Have Immaculate Work Ethic And Discipline
Baby boomers aren’t afraid to work hard. They take pride in their work and acknowledge that success comes from dedicating a significant amount of time and effort into their careers. Most came from a highly structured and disciplined household, which shaped who they are today.
They Are More Independent
Older workers need little to no supervision. Their level of expertise and work experience gives them a very high sense of understanding on how the job needs to be done. They are reliable and confident in their ability to complete and deliver the task at hand.
They Are Adaptable
Although, baby boomers are not as tech savvy and grew up with all the social media outlets we have today, they have been around long enough to understand the shifts in working environments and technology. Due to their life circumstances, they have learned adaptation techniques that their younger counterparts may or may not develop for years to come.
Due to the many misconceptions, the older generation is often overlooked during the hiring process. It’s important to remember these attributes as these candidates have the capability of adding value to your company culture. There’s no denying that the older generation possess intangible skills that are needed to create a dynamic and diverse workforce.