With baby boomers representing 37% of the US workforce, it’s imperative that organizations understand these valuable employees, their mindsets and how to effectively engage them.
Why: They are motivated by position and power.
Why: They seek meaning and balance.
Providing them with ways to teach younger generations holds extra value in that they can share their experiences and transfer their knowledge within your company, thus building the skill sets of other employees.
Why: They enjoy networking with colleagues and maintaining a professional connection with their peers. Furthermore, it instills confidence when you show interest in their professional activities.
Why: They enjoy expanding their abilities and participating in projects that can gain them recognition and that can make a difference in your organization.
Why: Baby boomers appreciate respect, transparency and democracy in decision making.
Why: Baby boomers respect employers who have established policies and who treat their employees fairly. Their parents were of a generation that had a strong employee/employer commitment. Watching their parents have that kind of mindset, baby boomers desire to work for companies that are loyal to employees and that value years of hard work and dedication.
Why: It’s no secret that many baby boomers have pushed back their retirement because of the economic turbulence over the past few years and many of them cannot afford to retire. They are also concerned that their lives may be less fulfilling without their work. Therefore, they are interested in having an active retirement or flexible, part time work arrangements.
Why: Tying in with #7, you can motivate your baby boomers by offering them equity, retirement plans, 401k plans and pensions.
Feed in to their emotional side. Give them attention and recognition for their efforts and knowledge because they are most motivated by being valued and needed.