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A new workforce is changing the workplace

More Baby Boomers are choosing to stay in the workforce than previous generations. When it comes to the 65- to 74-year-old population:

  • 26% of them were in the workforce in 2012; and
  • Over 31% of them will likely be in the U.S. workforce in 2022.1

The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential) studied how workers over age 50 remain productive as their risk of short- and long-term disabilities increases. 

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Eye-opening discoveries were made.

Older workers are creating their own modifications to remain productive, including:

  • Physical adjustments
  • Cognitive tools and techniques

It makes sense for employers to help older workers in their efforts to stay productive because:

  • Workers age 50+ make up 42% of the short-term disability population.
  • Workers age 50+ are approximately 62% of the overall long-term disability population.2
  • An increase in age brings longer disability durations.

The 8 ways employees say that employers can help them

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Learn more.

Download Prudential’s report, "How an Aging Workforce Is Helping Itself Stay Productive: What Employers Need to Know,” for more insights.

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About the author Kristin Tugman

Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Vice President, Health and Productivity Practice
Prudential

Dr. Kristin Tugman has more than 15 years experience as a health and productivity consultant. Her work details a specific cognitive behavioral model to help individuals overcome psychological barriers and return to productivity. In addition, she’s the author of several publications on the psychological aspects of disability. A certified rehabilitation counselor and licensed professional counselor, Dr. Tugman earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Capella University.

Dr. Tugman leads a team focused on identifying disability trends among Prudential customers and making actionable recommendations to help maximize productivity and minimize absence.

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Footnotes:

  • 1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics (February 1, 2012). “Median age of the labor force, by sex, race and ethnicity." Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  • 2 "How an Aging Workforce Is Helping Itself Stay Productive: What Employers Need to Know." The Prudential Insurance Company of America, 2016.

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