Beating the Brain Drain

 Posted 05-16-2012

Employers, brace for a “brain drain”: The Baby Boom generation has started to retire, leaving higher-level positions in management and technical fields unfilled. This group now ranges in age from mid-40s to mid-60s, and there almost twice as many of them as in the Generation X that follows. Every day, 10,000 boomers turn 65. While the Great Recession, with its layoffs, real estate market turmoil, and weak stock market put many retirement plans on hold, the improving economy means that the brain drain has begun in earnest.

Many companies are already feeling the pinch as those on the older fringe of Baby Boom have started to leave the workforce. According to an April, 2012 survey of human resource professionals commissioned by the AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management, nearly three-quarters (72%) described the loss of talent in their industry and in their company due to older workers retiring/leaving in the next decade as a “crisis”, “problem” or “potential problem”. Close to half (45%) of the companies surveyed had increased training and cross-training efforts in order to prepare for the potential skills gaps and/or to retain and recruit older workers.

As younger employees are promoted into management, they must be trained on how to be good managers. For instance, they have to learn how to document employee performance with objective, verifiable facts, which questions to ask-and avoid-during interviews, and what to do when a whistleblower complains about a product or process. Unless new managers are taught these important skills and understand the legal framework within which they must operate in their new roles, they are bound to make mistakes that could be very costly for your organization.

What this means to you:

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.