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• Phased retirement programs that
permit employees to ease into retirement.
Whether such practices can actually
reduce unconscious age bias, the fact
remains that everyone wants to be
responded to, respected and engaged,
says Peter Cappelli, Wharton professor
and author of Managing the Older Worker.
“Older workers ... want [what] all
workers want: meaning, interaction
[and] respect,” he says. “Basically, good
—Kristen B. Frasch
To Age Bias
Trying to change the
hearts and minds of older
workers’ managers is not
sufficient for reducing
the growing threat of age bias as baby
boomers remain in the workforce. So
says a recent study by the Academy of
A better approach, it says—one
that is, so far, eluding far too many
organizations—is to establish specific
mature-age practices to engage elders,
counter their fears of bias, and thwart bias
tendencies around them.
“Unfortunately, organizations have
been slow to adopt mature-age practices,
even though our research shows them to
be highly effective in reducing stereotype
threats and increasing job engagement
among older workers,” says Carol T.
Kulik, a professor at the University of
South Australia, who carried out the
research with colleagues from the
University of Melbourne.
“Policies crafted to recognize
and encourage mature-age workers
specifically,” she says, “send consistent,
• Challenging and meaningful new
roles or work assignments,
• Reverse-mentoring programs,
• Opportunities to have jobs
redesigned or to be transferred and
foreign payroll, accounts payable, human resources,
management, benefits, technology and career
development. It also provides the opportunity to hear
the latest legislative and regulatory changes directly
from government representatives and industry
experts. For more information: American Payroll
Association at www.americanpayroll.org/congress.
May 21–24 ATD 2017 International Conference
& Exposition, Georgia World Congress Center,
Atlanta. This conference will provide talent-development professionals with the knowledge,
strategies and solutions needed to effectively train
and develop talent. Attendees will also gain insights
into the latest trends, best practices and new
solutions for designing, delivering, implementing and
measuring learning programs. For more information:
Association for Talent Development at www.
June 18–21 2017 SHRM Annual Conference
& Exposition, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center, New Orleans. Attendees
at this conference will hear about the tools and
resources needed to implement successful HR
practices to help companies succeed. There will be
more than 200 concurrent sessions covering a broad
range of topics, including solutions designed to help
organizations become more compliant, cutting-edge trends that will impact workplaces in the next
few years and building a strategic-management
plan to increase engagement and retention. For
more information: Society for Human Resource
Management at http://annual.shrm.org.
32nd Annual FDR Training, San Francisco
Marriott Marquis, San Francisco. FDR has been
providing on-site training for more than 30 years
in the areas of EEO, HR, LR, alternative dispute
resolution, legal compliance and more. Each year
the program is crafted to ensure that sessions zero
in on the current issues affecting federal agencies,
including how to address workplace conflict and
avoid costly employment claims. FDR also provides
attendees the unique opportunity to interact with
government leaders, industry experts and peers
from across the nation.; For more information: LRP
Publications Inc. at www.FDRtraining.com.