Looking for Reliable and Experienced Workers? Utilize the Growing 55+ Workforce

by Shawna Sykes

December 6, 2019

For those businesses having difficulty recruiting in Northwest Oregon, have you considered making your work environment more attractive to workers age 55 and over? Like changes we’ve seen statewide in Oregon, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Northwest Oregon’s workforce has gotten older in the past 30 years. For the five-county area which includes Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties, the share of the workforce age 55 and older more than doubled from 1998 to 2018.

In 1998, about 13 percent of the area’s workforce or 10,232 jobs were held by workers aged 55 and over. By 2018, the share of workers aged 55 and over had grown to about 27 percent, more than double the share from 30 years ago.
Mature workers bring a depth of experience to your organization, strong work ethic, advanced skills, are more loyal, and tend to have less absenteeism than younger staff.

So, how do you attract these more seasoned workers to your workplace? According to 2012 research by the Society of Human Resource Management, consider offering reduced hours and flexible scheduling to attract older workers. Hire retirees for special projects, as consultants or for temporary assignments. Older workers are also interested in benefits like travel, health insurance, retirement benefits, and long-term care insurance.

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