The Future of Work for the 50+ :Considerations for workers and employers.

People are living (and working) longer, and there are lasting effects. How will we respond to these 5 megatrends that are shaping the future of work?

Future of Work Five Megatrends Point of View Blogs

  • Warren McLean, President of Northside Economic Opportunity Network in Minneapolis, MN
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Procurement Contracts for Small Business Owners Are Key to Countering Rising Income Inequality

"Procurement contracts matter because it’s through these procurement and contracting opportunities that BIPOC business owners can grow and build wealth."more

  • Dr. Jamee Rodgers, Neighborhoods Director, Dallas Leadership Foundation,
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Lifelong Learning on the Way to Retirement

"More and more aging adults are returning to school not to pursue another degree, but to take advantage of reduced tuition and easily accessible classes. And with that they are reclaiming their academic and financial freedom."more

The Gig Economy Is Creating New Opportunities for Older Americans

"The growth in opportunities for independent contractor work in recent years—and especially the growth in opportunities for online platform work—offers new options to older workers along their path towards full retirement."more

  • Alex Camardelle, Director of Workforce Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
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Toward the Future of Black Older Workers

"For me, the future of work for older Black workers is personal and inextricably linked to our overall well-being. The intersection is profound for me as someone who has watched my own relatives labor in poor quality work, lost jobs in the last year because of the pandemic and struggled to re-enter the labor force due to new skill requirements brought on by automation."more

  • Stephen Crawford, Research Professor, George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
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A Point of View on Lifelong Learning and Upskilling

"The obvious solution is to improve and expand programs for “reskilling” and credentialing mid-career and older workers, but that is difficult. It is hard to know exactly what skills are needed, how to motivate workers to learn them, and how best to teach them. And it is very difficult to finance the training. Progress depends on each of the key stakeholders – employers, workers, institutions that provide education and training, and governments –doing its part, collaborating with the others, and sharing the financial burden."more