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Age differences make a better workplace

2021-12-15T10:15:04-08:00October 29th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN Where did we get the idea that baby boomers and millennials can’t build good work relationships with each other? Why do we get caught up reinforcing this belief by using negative jargon that keeps us from finding good work partners, and limits our ability to achieve a successful business result? So what if the generations like to [...]

Need workers? Don’t overlook retrainable older applicants

2021-12-15T10:17:45-08:00September 29th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN Human nature seems to follow this norm: Ignore an issue. Let disaster occur. Then fix it if its not too late. Not a very practical process. Often “the dangers of inaction,” are undermining us writes Joseph Coleman, author of “Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce.” This pattern is playing out in organizations throughout [...]

Tech solutions come from older adults

2021-12-15T10:23:59-08:00July 14th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN Older adults continue to amaze us. At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. At 86, Katherine Pelton swam the 200-meter butterfly in 3 minutes, 1.14 seconds, beating the men’s world record for that age group by more than 20 seconds. Today, at 94, John Goodenough has invented a glass-based battery that may [...]

What’s the role of wearable tech at work

2021-12-15T10:43:07-08:00May 26th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN Wearable devices are trending in the workplace. Fitbits, heart monitors and smart watches started this growing movement just a few years ago. Today they are among the plethora of accessories used to benefit workers and their employers by monitoring everything from health and safety to productivity. “These self-tracking devices are used to acquire biological, physical, behavioral, and [...]

Workplace stress endangers employee health, but your seasoned staff may be the answer

2021-12-15T10:45:54-08:00May 11th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN   Workplace stress causes untold physical and psychological harm to employees of all ages, and the cost of this debilitating health issue is staggering. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines job stress as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, [...]

Five Questions for Gloria Dunn Violin

2021-12-15T10:51:28-08:00March 21st, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN   She spent 25 years in the field of organizational behavior and, before that, a decade in public relations. It should not be a surprise what Gloria Dunn-Violin's "third career" is all about. She is talking and writing about retirement. In fact, it's not "retirement" as much as "revivement" says Dunn-Violin, whose latest book is "ReVivement: Having [...]

Phased Retirement: a Win-Win Strategy

2021-12-15T10:53:11-08:00March 16th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN By 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be aged 65 and over, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. This expected avalanche of baby boomers seeking retirement will severely impact businesses, many of which continue employment policies that don’t reflect this changing demographic. The most successful companies will be those that develop new policies [...]

Isolation at Work Undermines Productivity

2021-12-15T11:01:45-08:00March 16th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN “Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were two decades ago, according to a comprehensive new evaluation about the decline of social ties in the United States,” writes Shanker Vedantam, a reporter from the Washington Post. When Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was asked “what is the most prevalent disease in America today,” he answered “isolation.” [...]

Baby Boomer Niche Creates Huge Market Opportunity

2021-12-15T11:05:05-08:00January 24th, 2017|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN Healthier longevity for many older adults has created demand for new products and services across multiple industries. Since more than 70 million baby boomers will have hit age 65 between now and 2030, this market will continue to grow. As the business sector captures this thriving niche market—which seeks age-appropriate products and services—companies can expect to see [...]

Employers Face Skill Shortages on a Global Scale

2021-12-15T11:06:23-08:00October 28th, 2016|North Bay Business Journal|

North Bay Business Journal BY GLORIA DUNN VIOLIN How do employment practices in the United States match up with those in the rest of the world? Are we performing as well as our peers? Or, are our strategies less proactive and outcomes more challenging? What can countries learn from each other about how to best encourage workers of all ages to participate in developing vibrant [...]

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