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Boomers enjoy career down-shifts

With our current pink-slip job market, it is no wonder that the mature worker (45+) is enjoying and/or seeking positions that are, for the most part, considered a substantial down-shift in positioning, given their tenure, and thus, assumed levels of expertise.

One of the major reasons that mature workers are willing to engage in lower level positions is of primary importance to this particular group of professionals.

For one thing, lower level positions offer a significant decrease in the ‘stresses’ often present in the higher level responsibilities. While the salary is not comparable, this decrease in stress level assumes more value and attraction for the mature worker.

In addition to this, having accomplished their desired career goals prior to taking career down-shifts, other factors come into play that offer potential employers with mature workers that are able to hit the ground running, are dedicated, and have a realistic, mature attitude toward their roles and the professional contributions they intend to impart.

The mature worker is reliable, conscientious, can think on their feet and make intelligent decisions through their well-honed critical thinking skill sets, and have a different attitude toward their employer, and their roles within an organization.

The days of healthy competition with their co-workers, reaching for the promotions, or votes of popularity amongst their peers, are long passed. The mature worker is present simply to perform their job, and perform it well, often beyond the expectations of their employer.

One of the primary reasons for this is the fact that mature workers tend to take an ‘own business’ type of mentality toward their roles versus coming in, learning what they can, and moving on to another firm, or competitor in the field.

Some Major Benefits of Hiring the ‘Mature Worker’

  • Hit the ground running;
  • Pose no career threat to co-workers;
  • Mature attitude and understanding of responsibility;
  • Willing to work hard;
  • Reliable and dedicated to their firm;
  • Typically a quick study – ready, willing, & able to learn new routines;
  • Normally well liked and immediately accepted into group;
  • Solid work history and references – knowledge to share if/when asked;
  • Can lead by example;
  • More likely to adhere to and accept company core values;
  • Willing to take on ‘rote roles’ - decreased ‘pressure’ or ‘stresses’;
  • Do not pose employee retention challenges for HR; and
  • Typically ‘cost effective’ expense (salary, added value, thrifty, practical, low absenteeism).

Comments

  • John 4 years ago

    While I agree that there are many benefits to hiring "the Mature Worker", I truly wonder how many are actually enjoying working in a reduced capacity, being laid off (a high %), or being told through the media and employers that there is little hope of being re-hired in your field - or at all. This is a common and growing occurance in the market today, and is not going unnoticed. We are people with families to raise. The loss of confidence, integrity and hope is very real - and very humiliating. We are not old shoes to simply be discarded.

  • LP 4 years ago

    I know quite a few who have voluntarily opted for a lower stress job so they can concentrate on their health and grandkids...if you already have a house etc why work yourself sick? It's hard to maintain the drive you had in your twenties when necessity was often the mother of the drive...

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