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The Baby Boomers and the Career Challenges

"Baby Boomers Seek New Ways to Escape" through the Wall Street Journal database (from June 24, 2003). Use this article to help write a two page memo outlining your recommendations for developing managers who are stuck in their jobs or feel underutilized. Use Microsoft Word to create your memo. You can use a memo template or create your own memo. Be sure to cite all the sources used.

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An article ( Hall et al, 1990), examines ways in which work organizations have been affected by people born between 1946 and 1964. The baby boomers' values, behaviors, and family orientations are significantly impacting industry. The paper goes on to predict that this group faces the likelihood of serious career plateauing. The difference in career orientation and advancement prospects equates to a growing value and opportunity gap in management. While the number of ways of achieving promotional success is finite (and shrinking), the paper says that the number of ways of achieving psychological success is infinite. In addition, many people in this age group have a good sense of where they want to head with their protean or self-directed careers. The key is to discourage long-term career planning and instead to facilitate managers and employees in self-assessment, empowering them to take advantage of opportunities for psychological success, as they arise. The challenge for organizations is to match human resource practices with these new ...

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The solution takes a look at the challenges faced by baby boomers in the workplace and the various ways in which the issue can be addressed by organisations. References used are included.