Future of Work: Preparing for 4IR

Future of Work: Preparing for 4IR

I’m pretty sure a robot could have helped me accomplish 50% of tasks in my last job. Not exactly the definition of job security when talking about the future of work. According to a recent McKinsey report, the pandemic accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, with up to 25 percent more workers than previously estimated potentially needing to switch occupations. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (sometimes called the 4IR or Industry 4.0) and the pandemic are why rapid change is being predicted among the futurists experts. 4IR is driven by four specific technology developments: high-speed mobile Internet, AI and automation, the use of big data analytics, and cloud technology. This new revolution builds on the foundations set by the first three industrial revolutions. Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said that this Fourth Industrial Revolution will be “human-led and human-centered.”  So what does that mean exactly? The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution defines human-led and human-centered this way, “The possibilities of new 4IR technologies, deployed appropriately, should be used as the baseline to reinvent the way we operate in the new context: everything from government services, education and healthcare, to the way business interacts and provides value to its customers.However, if not directed with purpose, the 4IR has the potential to exacerbate inequality. Human-centricity, Inclusion and Trust must be key principles guiding action - we must take proactive steps to ensure technology adoption does not heighten abuse of power, bias, wealth disparities, exclusion and loss of livelihoods.” Human-centred organizations are obsessed with the journeys taken by their customers, employees and partners. These human-centered organizations fulfill a purpose for its users, customers, and community, and focus all of their innovation and operations activities around those people. 

Human-Centered Organization:

  • Focuses on creating better human experiences
  • Builds resilience and de-risks innovation through continuous iteration and learning
  • Cares as much about the experience of its diverse, empowered teams as it does about its customers
  • Intentionally, actively embeds these principles into the fabric of the organization

Source: IBM

Sounds nice right?  Adopting a human centered approach isn’t just good for humanity, it’s good for business outcomes. It’s also one way to attract and retain talented employees.

Inclusion: Inclusive technology design is the practice of being empathetic and designing products that will work for everyone. When COVID shots were being scheduled using an outdated system, for example, there were articles written about the difficulty older adults had scheduling appointments.

Trust & Transparency: Trust and transparency are predicted to grow in three different areas:

  1. Consumers are demanding more transparency before they purchase an item. They want to know who made it, if the makers received fair labor wages and if what they are buying is ethically sourced. Innovation in retail will have the ability to be more transparent by providing information for consumers with a scan of a tag to receive the full story and background about a company and their products. 
  2. Internally, companies will be more transparent with their employees as this is also becoming a prerequisite to attract top talent.
  3. With digital transformation happening at companies, there’s a higher need for more cyber security specialists - especially in small and medium sized businesses. Data security issues increase when integrating new systems.  My friend earned a Harvard Certificate in Cyber Security a year ago and was able to secure a full time job five months later. It’s about how technology systems are structured and what risks need to be mitigated when it comes to cyber security.  It’s not cheap to get this certificate but cybersecurity will continue to be in high demand.

I don’t think we’re taking seriously enough the threat of a world where there’s not enough well-paid work for people to do.

- Daniel Susskind 

Artificial Intelligence: 

By 2026, over one third of skills that are critical in today's workplace will have changed, which means competencies/skills will have changed as well. The World Economic Forum wrote, “The workforce is automating faster than expected, displacing 85 million jobs in the next five years. Automation, in tandem with the COVID-19 recession, is creating a “double-disruption” scenario for workers. Companies’ adoption of technology will transform tasks, jobs, and skills by 2025. Some 43 percent of businesses surveyed indicate that they are set to reduce their workforce because of technology integration, 41 percent plan to expand their use of contractors for task-specialized work, and 34 percent plan to expand their workforce as a result of technology integration. Five years from now, employers will divide work between humans and machines roughly equally.” 

If you’re considering taking courses in AI but don’t want to code, there are different options.  Many business leaders are unsure how to implement AI in order to save money for their business in the long run. There’s a course called, “AI Strategies for Business” from UC Berkeley which is four months and the main assignment is writing about how AI could be implemented at their company to be more efficient. There are courses in ethics in AI and they typically have a psychology or anthropology background and they’re comfortable analyzing data. We’ve written about AI and different certification options here.

3 Tips to Prep for 4IR:

  1. Get involved with nonprofits working on human centered and ethical design in technology such as All Tech Is Human to expand your network.  Don’t be intimidated by their mission.  Their slack group includes people from all different backgrounds globally. They also have a career channel where they share open positions that are primarily remote opportunities.
  2. Follow experts such as top VC firms in Silicon Valley who know what kinds of technology will be in demand and have their finger on the pulse when it comes to behavior change in consumers. They’re also aware of overall business trends and can see what products and services will win.  If you’re on ClubHouse, Marc Andreesen of Andreesen Horowitz is on CH frequently and is always interesting.
  3. Life-long learning is mandatory.  Although some companies will support employees and reskill and restrain them, it will ultimately be up to the individual to keep learning. 85 million jobs being eliminated in the next 5 years is significant. Set aside a few hours a week to explore and learn something completely different.

Here are 10 skills needed in the 4IR that include several “soft skills” in the future of work.

Here's a chart of jobs in demand and others that are decreasing in demand by the World Economic Forum 2020 Job Survey.  Not surprisingly, the top five areas that are increasing in demand involve AI in some capacity. The more technology skills that are under your belt, the better. There are loads of free resources and courses to learn different skills - in order to stand out from the crowd and to prevent a robot from taking over everyday tasks.

Reviewed & Recommended:

4IR Video by World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum: What will the future of jobs be like?

The future of work after COVID-19 | McKinsey

 

Unbundling Employment

Unbundling Employment

With rapid changes in technology as well as shorter work tenures at companies, a variety of career paths (and income streams) will be inevitable. Because of this trend, entrepreneurship and creating side businesses is on the rise. Workplace futurists predict it will be much more common to have several different income streams than staying at a company for five or ten years. Part-time work, freelancing, the gig economy have all been on the rise for the last several years. This is not new but it HAS been accelerated because of the pandemic.  Will there still be full time positions?  Of course, but having a few irons in the fire is one way to reduce financial stress. Li Jin refers to this trend as the "unbundling of employment" and lists the opportunities that have made it easier to create revenue streams with a small business. She wrote, “Tech platforms have removed gatekeepers and democratized access to potential customers worldwide; direct payment models have made it viable for workers to earn a livelihood from even a small number of loyal fans; and platform companies in the gig economy and passion economy have paved new paths to work.” With so many tech options (and the prevalence of no code products), Li outlined a matrix of platforms used for revenue streams as a creator.  Image from Li Jin post, “Unbundling Employment”

Being a multi hyphenate is about choosing and strategizing a plan of attack and having the freedom to take on multiple projects not being backed into a corner.

-Emma Gannon

Another trend people are pursuing is one where they can work on multiple projects on different topics/areas that interest them.  Some people call it a “multi-hyphen” career and others call it a “portfolio career”. Emma Gannon wrote a book called, "The Multi-Hyphen Life" which walks through how to create a multi-hyphen career working on areas of interest, natural skill and expertise.  She outlined 10 steps for a plan to build a multi hyphen career and work on projects that are more meaningful and give you the opportunity to reach your full potential.

Steps To Build A Multi-Hyphen Career by Emma Gannon:

  1. Pinpoint Your Own Unique Blend: Create a list of words you want to be described as and what you want to be recognized for professionally.
  2. Grow and Maintain a Micro-Audience: Build an authentic audience and know that getting hired will be based on being known to people who can actually give you that work.
  3. Always Be in Beta Mode:  We all must remain agile when doing something on our own.  Act like we are never finished improving.  Keep experimenting and testing to figure out what works.
  4. Embrace The Age of Personalization: An opportunity should be curated for you and your particular skill sets so that you have higher chance of success (if it’s a job or project)
  5. Be Your Own PR and Marketing Department: Your space online is your own personal shop window.  It’s a chance to show another side of yourself and it’s also about selling yourself.  
  6. You Don’t Have To Quit Your Day Job: Negotiate flexible work at your current full time job in order to pursue other projects and revenue streams.
  7. You’re a Multi-Hyphenate, Not a Multi-Tasker: Focus on each job or project separately and give it all of your attention instead of being a multi tasker.
  8. Act Micro, Think Macro: It’s not about short term fixes but instead about overall strategies that will enable you to forge a new path that is more robust than a single focused career.  We can’t predict the future but we can be aware of the trends and plan accordingly. 
  9. Use Your Energy Wisely: As we’re all working from home, think about things that will give you more energy and break up your day to help be more productive.
  10.  Don’t Do Stuff For Free: If it’s for great networking opportunities, then it’s something to consider but be careful about working for free.

“The Multi Hyphen life is the straight up refusal to be pigeonholed or afraid to add another string to your career bio” said Emma. Being strategic about your career and seeing the overlaps and looking at all the different areas that may exist is the answer to figuring out a multi hyphen career.  A friend of mine has been studying longevity and she’s also interested in UX research so her goal is to work on a project for an age tech company as a UX researcher.  So it’s the ability to take one sector and overlap it with another area to make yourself even more marketable. If you have loads of interests, it’s important to take a closer look at those areas which can serve as a financial safety net. Also, you’re more likely to be hired because you’ve invested in yourself and have so much more knowledge than someone who has stayed in their same corporate job for five years.

Before beginning the process of having a multi-hyphen career, Emma asks her clients the following:

  • What are the things you can do for a while to continue to grow so that you can’t be pigeon holed?
  • What can you get paid to do now? Who would buy these services?
  • What do you really want to do in the future?
  • What skills do you need to learn in order to explore other things that interest you? 

Emma lists some of the benefits having a mult-hyphen career including:

  • Having the tools and courage to make big moves on the side without risking financial stability. 
  • Giving yourself the confidence to not be defined by one industry or one title.  
  • Allowing yourself to have a happier, more fulfilling career.   

Portfolio Careers:  A few weeks ago, we had April Rinne as a guest on illume hire talking about how to build your “portfolio career”.  It was an informative discussion and I can’t wait to read her upcoming book.  It launches August 24, 2021 and it’s called,  Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change . If you’d like to hear our conversation about how to build a portfolio career, it’s here. One comment that stood out to me was when April explained that diversifying your knowledge is just as important as diversifying your financial investments. Building a portfolio career can be a creative solution to career change for experienced professionals, with loads of benefits. You can spread your risk, gain some work-life balance, earn a healthy income, and open yourself to unanticipated possibilities. Achieving a sense of satisfaction that your talents are not being wasted at this stage in your career is also a big plus.

Reviewed & Recommended:

Portfolio Career Podcast

8 Tips to Start a Portfolio Career — bizee.co

 

Future of Work Trends:  Innovation In Sustainability

Future of Work Trends: Innovation In Sustainability

Fifteen years ago, my friend, Steve asked if I’d give up my coveted parking space in a building across the ferry building in San Francisco.  He worked for a car sharing company and they were expanding rapidly and they wanted my space.  What was the incentive?  Doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint.  With the unusual reduction in car travel during the pandemic, it’s shed more light on how we can reduce emissions. Climate change problems won’t be solved overnight but it does provide a window into career opportunities for people who enjoy solving complex problems. We took a look at sustainability and different career opportunities.

Environmental & Green Industry:

Since the U.S. rejoined the World Health Organization and the Paris Accords, there’s a renewed focus on environmental issues.  It’s a great start but it isn’t enough.  In fact, a recent study revealed that the world must nearly double its greenhouse gas-cutting goals to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. As a result, more people will be needed in urban planning to design carless sustainable cities. Check out this innovative idea from France where urban designers planted trees over a footbridge in Paris.

Companies know they need to be proactive and make substantial changes to be more sustainable because ultimately, it will help their bottom line.  According to the New York Times, “In all, the world’s largest companies estimated that at least $250 billion of assets may need to be written off or retired early as the planet heats up. Those assets include buildings in high-risk flood zones, or power plants that may have to shut down in response to tighter pollution rules.” As regulations regarding energy standards are implemented, organizations will need to prepare for a potential rise in operational and investment costs. But the companies that are able to innovate by putting climate change at the center of their strategic planning and successfully build a low-carbon, high-resilience supply chain can look forward to reduced costs and increased efficiencies.  Because of this reality, being forward thinking is at the top of the list for many CEOs.   

Green Jobs in Demand:

Environmental Science and Protection Technician - Need Associate's Degree

Job responsibilities for this career include monitoring organizations to ensure they are in compliance with safety regulations, gathering and analyzing water, soil, or air samples, and creating reports based on sample analysis to help improve organizations' environmental compliance. Environmental science and protection technicians are often employed by management, scientific, and technical consulting firms or government agencies and may often travel or work outside. This career usually requires an associate's degree in environmental science or a related field.

Sustainability Specialist - Need Bachelor's Degree

A sustainability specialist assists organizations and they create and streamline green work processes. You will do so by examining an organization's natural resource and energy usage, presenting organizations with recommendations on cost-effective ways to improve their environmental footprint, and designing and implementing public relations material to educate the public on sustainability issues. Sustainability specialists will need a bachelor's degree.

Social Marketer - Need Bachelor’s Degree

Branding social enterprises or social marketing campaigns in order to change public behavior and to be more transparent are also in high demand. If storytelling and account management interest you, look at design firms and agencies working on these kinds of projects such as IDEO and Fenton to spark inspiration.  

Green Terms:

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 

There are 17 SDG goals, created by the United Nations Development Program and adopted in 2015 by 193 countries.  They’re meant to be “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” Focusing on sustainable development will ramp up investment in interconnected areas such as green infrastructure, health, education, conservation of land and water, justice and equity. Many nonprofits and the private sector have been encouraged to align at least one aspect of their organization to one of the 17 SDG initiatives. If you’re passionate about any of these global problems, talk about it in an interview if the company clearly states their SDGs on their site.  That could be a memorable interview.

Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) 

As more companies become transparent (because consumers are demanding it) about their commitment to ESG, the more knowledge will be needed about how to monitor companies. Many investment firms need knowledgeable people who know how to monitor companies and about “impact investing” They’re looking for people to conduct research on ESG compliant companies.  It’s also called “SRI” for socially responsible investing. Blackrock is a global investment firm that has a social impact fund and they’re also a company that values hiring older, experienced professionals.  Researchers, writers and marketers are positions they have posted currently.

Even though I opted to keep my car space in San Francisco all those years ago, I’m more aware about the need to have essentials nearby so I can walk instead. With workplace transformation and a lack of offices needed, I wonder what will happen to all those parking lots downtown?

 

Reviewed & Recommended:

ESG framework by McKinsey

11 eco-friendly brands that put the planet first - 99designs

Six Companies Stepping Up with Investments in Economic and Social Justice

Climate Action Tracker: Home

Showing Up for Setbacks

Showing Up for Setbacks

On our way to Mt. Hood a few weeks ago, I totaled my car.  My teenage daughter yelled, “Watch out!” and the next thing I remember, airbags and dust were filling up my car.  A woman jumped out of the car I’d hit and saw that I was hyperventilating and called 911. Then she comforted my crying daughter by wrapping her in a blanket and told her everything would be alright. Nobody was hurt and the other car didn’t have a scratch.  We were very lucky.  

It made me think about how people respond in a stressful situation. Obviously hyperventilating isn’t ideal but I couldn’t see the other car (airbags will do that) and I was concerned the other person might be hurt - or worse.  I read an article recently called You're Only As Good As Your Worst Day and thought this day qualified as one of those “worst day” moments. In that article Shane Parrish explains that it’s not about being perfect under immense stress or behaving according to plan when everything goes awry. “It’s because what you do on your worst day is impossible to fake.”  He goes on to say that your plans and preparation (or lack thereof) show how much you really care about the people who depend on you. He was referring to leaders and how they respond when employees are fearful in a time of uncertainty but it resonated with me and how I wanted to respond in the presence of my daughter. So we wrote a note to the woman whose car I’d hit, thanking her for her kindness and the warm blanket.

“Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don't come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you're human. Failure is a part of creating a great life. Stand up to it and handle it with grace. Because, you can.” - Les Brown

Setbacks Won’t Rock the Boat (as much)

Author and psychologist, Rick Hanson, University of California, Berkeley said, “. .As you build up this unshakable core inside, when the waves of life come, they don’t rock your boat so much. And they don’t capsize you. And you recover more quickly.”  Resilience is remaining calm under pressure, and in the face of the demands of life, work, or any transition that requires a new way of being in the world, such as a divorce, job loss, changing corporate environment, death, or illness. It isn't that nothing affects us, but rather, that we are able to handle the stress or move in a new direction after a setback or change.”  It's about the ability to adapt. Barbara Bradley Hagarty, a journalist, wrote: “Bad events seem to cluster in midlife. But people with charmed lives — zero traumas — were unhappier and more easily distressed than people who had suffered a few negative events in their lifetime. According to resilience research, some setbacks give you perspective and help you bounce back.”  

Embrace The “Steeling Effect”

“There’s something called the ‘steeling effect’ that makes us stronger,” says Michael Ungar, founder of the Resilience Research Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada. “If we’ve come through adversity, that means we’ve also developed a set of coping capacities. We know how to reach out for help. Or we know that this, too, will pass. Over time, resilient people develop the mental toughness to face what life throws at them. They learn to cope, even live joyfully, with less-than-ideal circumstances.”

In midlife, our collective setbacks create a greater capacity to overcome personal and professional obstacles. Although I’m not quite ready to get behind a steering wheel, I know that this feeling will not last forever and that in the future, I will be the most alert driver EVER.  We never know when stressful situations or even tragedy will strike. We never know when our friends or family members will need us immediately.  We never know when our last day will come but while we’re on this planet, we can choose how to respond in less than ideal situations and be even more prepared for the next setback.

Reviewed & Recommended:

NPR Article: Setbacks: 8 Ways You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

Book: Being Mortal: What Matters in the End

NYT Article: Sheryl Sandberg - How to Build Resilient Kids After a Loss

 

Recap: Happy Hour with Adam Day

Recap: Happy Hour with Adam Day

A few weeks ago, we had Adam Day who is a consultant, and leadership coach for The Medici Group on our happy hour podcast.  He’s worked for brands such as Nike and WeWork where he focused on team performance, diversity, equity and inclusion, and how companies can elevate their workplace experiences through the integration of HR, design and technology.  We discussed the future of work and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and what he’s hearing from leadership at different companies. Here are some high-level workplace trends that Adam envisions in 2021 and beyond.

  • College, Careers & Retirement are Transforming:  The beginning and the end of careers are transforming. We are rethinking college education just as we are rethinking retirement. In both, we’re moving from something standardized and binary, to something that is more fluid, customized and hybrid. There are opportunities to explore more, and contribute more, in these key career moments. 
  • Remote Work:  Talent is dispersing and taking the keys. Remote work improves an organization's access to talent and the ability of workers to live in new places. In many sectors and roles, how work gets done is governed more and more by talent rather than management. This is a huge opportunity for lifestyle changes and access to global opportunities from anywhere. 
  • The Hybrid Office:  The death and rebirth of the office. The office has always been a cost center. You hire people and add desks and offices.  Now we realize that the purpose of the office isn’t desks for workers, it is to convene, connect and collaborate--and it is voluntary. Now the office is like any other service offering--it will need to prove its value for your time. 
  • Data & Privacy for Employees:  The promise and perils of workplace analytics. What the organizational data companies have now is incredibly powerful. If it is used too aggressively to monitor and enforce, it can backfire. But it can also empower growth and shine a light on things that were previously unseeable. We’ll need to find ways to share the benefits while preserving adequate privacy. 
  • Diversity Drives Innovation:  Numerous studies have proven this to be true. This is a core mantra of the Medici Group, and we see it play out with clients around the world. The pace of change is accelerating. Almost every company is adapting or transforming its business model. And that process requires the recombination of experiences and ideas--and older employees have a lot to contribute, not just in their domain expertise, but how that informs unrelated challenges. They can solve problems others don’t see. 

Recommendations on what matters in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion space:

  • The leadership team reflects the diversity of the employee base and consumers the company serves, and they consistently affirm the value of diversity and inclusion in the organization. 
  • Executive compensation is directly tied to diversity targets--recruitment, retention and promotion. 
  • The company regularly assesses and adjusts pay equity across all roles and levels. 
  • The head of DE&I controls aspects of HR budgets, and has resources to drive impact (as opposed to an executive position without any real influence). 
  • Company leaders see DE&I as the way to drive performance as well as innovation. They create space for hard conversations, and bring DE&I values to life day-to-day. 
  • There is a culture of inclusion. People can bring their whole selves to work and have that diversity be respected and valued and seen as a benefit to the company. 

Capabilities needed of future leaders and workers:

  • Trust:  Knowing how to trust, manage and motivate remote teams.The pandemic and remote working has exposed a lot of bad management. Micromanagement or hierarchical mindsets don’t work well with distributed teams in environments of rapid change. Companies need managers and leaders that can navigate this environment and unleash the potential of their workforces. This is about mindset and experience and age can be an advantage. The days when managers had to see the whites of your eyes to make sure you’re working are over.
  • Collaboration:  Working at the intersection: being confident and capable of collaborating across cultures and disciplines. With more years of work experience, there can be a tendency to stay in one track. It will be an advantage to be able to leverage your expertise across other domains in useful and innovative ways. The more specialized subfunctions become, the more there are needs for translation across divisions to facilitate making trade-offs and combining insights. 
  • Be Curious & Challenge Assumptions: Embrace the unexpected--inclusively. 

Too many companies have seen teams perfectly execute the wrong plans. Leaders are desperate for employees with the curiosity and drive to figure out what works, what doesn’t, and make it happen as fast as possible--and do that in a way that is inclusive and collegial. No one has time for great ideas that are offset by disrespect or exclusion.  If you’d like to listen to the entire conversation with Adam, you can watch the replay on our Events page.

Below are recommendations of books, companies and future of work and DE&I experts Adam respects.

Relevant books on future of work, diversity, intergenerational workforce:

Companies focused on improving the future of work (that Adam has hired, admires the founders, and/or have worked for):

‘Future of work’ and DEI practitioners worth tracking:

More Age Friendly Companies

More Age Friendly Companies

With 25% of the workforce forecast to be over age 50 by 2024, I’ve been wondering about how demographics will change the workforce and how companies will address it.  Although some  U.S. companies include “age” in their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, it’s often not a priority for companies to focus on an age diverse team.  In fact, according to PwC research, only 8% of companies in the United States include age as a criterion for their DE&I strategy. They include companies such as Adobe, Mercedes, SAP, and Accenture. We talked about the benefits of an age diverse workforce here.   

On our happy hour podcast last week, a few people asked me to send them a list of “age friendly” companies. While I love that companies describe themselves as being “age friendly”, I’m not quite sure what that means. Do they measure the number of people hired over the age of 50?  Are they intentional about hiring older workers because of the business benefits?  When I spoke to an HR expert recently, he said that companies are focusing on (and measuring) a few areas that align with their diversity equity and inclusion initiatives. Typically (not always) this means they are measuring the number of women and people of color they hire. And this is great but it still doesn’t address the age factor. Another expert said that “age friendly” means they won’t eliminate a person’s CV just because of their age. Others said many companies are intentional about hiring older candidates because they know the benefits of having an age diverse team. Now we’re getting somewhere.  

Here’s an expanded list of companies we’ve compiled over the last year that are age friendly.  Once interviewing begins, it will become more transparent how companies address and attract workers of all ages.

Age friendly attributes:
  • Interview people with experience and don’t use phrases such as “over qualified”.
  • Flexibility is encouraged because they value an employee’s autonomy and engagement.
  • Allow time for caretaking responsibilities such as for an elderly parent.
  • Offer continuing education opportunities for all ages within the workplace.

Returnships:


“Returnships” are full time paid positions for adults who have been out of the workforce for at least a couple of years.
They can last three to twelve months. Since there aren’t many companies that offer a leave of absence for caretaking responsibilities, many people need to leave the workforce entirely in order to care for a loved one. Returnships offer a way to get re-hired as a full-time employee after the returnship has ended. These programs are on the rise because companies have consulted with future of work experts and they realize they need to be more deliberate about hiring and retaining older employees. Another big reason: As the nation's population becomes more diverse, companies are looking for new ways to create a more inclusive workforce in terms of gender, age, ethnic and social background, and job experiences. Some of them have amazing reputations and others do not, so research the company and ask previous “returners” about their experience at the company. Here’s a list of Return to Work Programs Around the US.

Fear of dying is human. Fear of aging is cultural.

                                                                                 - Ashton Applewhite

Impending Labor Shortage


Before the pandemic, there was a huge labor shortage. Experts such as Andrew Scott, author and Economics Professor at Oxford University, have predicted that although it’s a tight job market now, there will be another labor shortage in the next 3-5 years. 

It’s the companies that embrace this demographic shift and hire and train older workers that will be more prepared and will have a higher likelihood of outperforming their competition.  

If you know of any “age friendly” lists, please let us know at hello@illumehire.com.