Survey: Baby Boomer Retirements Most Significant Workforce Trend in Next 10 Years



    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - There are likely to be a number of issues
shaping the future of the workforce, but for today's companies, one stands out
above the rest: more than half of senior executives (60 per cent) surveyed
said baby boomer retirements will have the greatest impact on the workforce
over the next decade.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first
and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from
100 senior Canadian executives.

    Executives were asked, "Which of the following trends do you think will 
most significantly alter the workforce in the next decade?" Their responses:

    
    Baby boomer retirements........................... 60%
    Global business interactions...................... 15%
    Outsourcing.......................................  9%
    Remote work arrangements..........................  7%
    Other.............................................  8%
    Don't know........................................  1%
                                                      ----
                                                      100%
    

    "The looming retirement of baby boomers has captured the attention of
business leaders who are concerned about retaining the expertise of their most
tenured employees," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half
International and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Fortunately, many baby boomers are considering
working past the traditional retirement age to stay active and continue
earning."
    Messmer added, "Businesses that accommodate valued staff members who are
not ready for retirement but seek new work arrangements, such as flexible or
part-time schedules, are best able to keep top performers. Consulting
arrangements allow experienced individuals to remain challenged professionally
while maintaining the flexibility to pursue outside interests."

    Robert Half International has more than 350 staffing locations in North
America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online
job search services at www.rhi.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
416-350-2330 extension 62070.





For further information:

For further information: Jason Chapman, (416) 350-2330 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com

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