The Aging Workforce Research Initiative

Jul 7, 2016
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SHRM and the SHRM Foundation have launched an initiative recognizing the value of older workers and identifying -- through original research -- the best practices for employing an aging workforce. This three-year initiative is generously underwritten by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Executive Summary provides a full overview of the survey findings.

The detailed survey results are presented in a three-part series:

Results by Industry

The results of the survey were also analyzed by industry, with the findings for each industry compared with all other industries surveyed. Industry reports are posted below.

Government Industry Report Preparing for an Aging Workforce: Government Industry Report
Retail and Hospitality Industry Report
Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Report Preparing for an Aging Workforce: Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Report
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Industry Report
Professional and Technical Services Industry Report Preparing for an Aging Workforce: Professional and Technical Services Industry Report
Oil, Gas and Mining Industry Report
Manufacturing Industry Report Preparing for an Aging Workforce: Manufacturing Industry Report

Templates & Tools

Preparing for an Aging Workforce: Strategies, Templates and Tools for HR Professionals​.

Strategies, Templates and Tools for HR ProfessionalsThis guide comprises strategies, templates and tools based on the recommendations of the SHRM Foundation’s The Aging Workforce report from the Effective Practice Guidelines (EPG) series, along with resources developed by the SHRM Knowledge Division. It also highlights findings from the Preparing for an Aging Workforce Survey of 1,913 HR professionals on their organizations’ practices related to an aging workforce.

Preparing for an Aging Workforce: A Gap Analysis Report

Preparing for an Aging Workforce: A Gap Analysis Presentation

A Gap Analysis ReportThe report and accompanying slide presentation are based on a comparison between two main sources of information on the aging workforce: a) the SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines (EPG) on the Aging Workforce and b) findings from the SHRM Aging Workforce Survey. The purpose of this comparison is to find gaps between the effective, evidence-based practices in employing, recruiting and retaining an aging workforce identified in the EPGs and the current practices related to the aging workforce used by organizations as reported through the survey findings.

Additional Resources

For more information on the SHRM Foundation's programs and publications on the Aging Workforce Research Initiative, visit the SHRM Foundation's Employing an Aging Workforce page.

Future Products from the Aging Workforce Research Initiative

Industry-specific findings will also be released throughout 2016. These will include needs and suggestions for best practices for key industries. In addition, a guide containing resources, templates and policies for aging workforce programs will be developed.

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