Will today’s kids retire at 100?

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Forty jobs in one lifetime and a retirement age of 100 – is this really the employment landscape that future HR professionals can look forward to? If one outspoken advisor is to be believed, yes.

100 years of servitude

Robin Talwar, CEO of strategy planning organization Fast Future, insists the future generation will have a “portfolio career” thanks to medical advances prolonging employee health and an robotic workers increasingly taking on manual roles.

“You might be driving Uber part of the day, renting out your spare bedroom on Airbnb a little bit, renting out space in your closet as storage for Amazon, doing delivery for Amazon or housing the drone that does delivery for Amazon,” he said at a conference in St Andrews earlier this week.

“There are all these sort of new sharing economy models coming through,” he added. “We need to start thinking about these things; we need to start thinking about the kinds of skills we’ll need to help people stay employable.”

Talwar also claimed people could expect to work “up to the age of 100” and went on to add that they “might well have 40 jobs in that period in 10 different careers.”

The ever-aging workforce

While Talwar’s claims might sound outlandish, the aging workforce is a real and constant worry for many HR professionals.
Leadership expert Nigel Dessau told HRM that mentoring programs are a great way to help employees adjust to new roles or organizations – but shouldn’t just be for youngsters, older workers can benefit too.

“I do believe that mentoring is essential for anyone who wants to succeed in the 21st Century,” he said. “Our world is too fast and too complex for any one person to know how to do it all.” (Continued...)

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