The American Workforce
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... number of factors, including declining birth-rates, improved health and longevity and, the ageing of the baby boomers, have contributed to an ageing workforce. Indeed, over a decade ago, Riche and Merrick (1992) warned of precisely such a development, arguing that statistical indications all pointed to the direction of an ageing and culturally diverse workforce, implying the greater imperatives of embracing both age and cultural diversity in the workplace. In 1999, Drucker presented a similar argument, staring that by the turn of the century, the greater percentage of the American workforce will be aged.'
An increasingly ageing workforce presents significant problems. In the first place, many HR...