Photo courtesy Optician Training
Photo courtesy Optician Training

With 77 million baby boomers, 82 million millennials, and a workforce that is changing, these two generations will be in competition for some of the same positions. San Diego Union-Tribune staffer Phil Blair takes a look at how baby boomers are staying in the workforce longer and millennials are changing what they want from an employer.

Baby boomers have been forced to stay in the workforce longer due to economic reasons but some are staying because they are too healthy to simply stay at home. They are learning new skills to re-enter the job force, which puts them in competition with millennials. Meantime, millennials are seeking more flexibility and feedback. However, Blair points out an important lesson for both parties:

Employers are demanding much more flexibility and keep an employee, permanent or contract, only as long as the employee meets the firm’s current needs. We are all temporaries; don’t ever forget it.

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