Law firms will lose 50 percent of their current partners over the next 5 to 7 years. Forty percent of the Centers for Disease Control's workforce is eligible for retirement in 2008. Baby boomers are poised to retire in droves without nearly enough "up-and-comers" to take their places. Set against this bleak prognosis of a diminishing workforce and a burgeoning deficit of experienced and engaged workers, Igniting Gen B and Gen V demonstrates the new business reality: staying ahead of the curve is no longer just about recruiting new talent.
Noted talent management expert Nancy Ahlrichs delivers both cutting-edge research and pioneering lessons on how the most competitive companies in America are tapping into the innovation and creativity of their longtime employees, developing an organization-wide competency in employee engagement and changing the direction of their bottom line. From Ford to Wal-Mart to Google, dozens of "employers of choice" examples illustrate what it takes to release full engagement, capture knowledge, teach skills and reengage all employees - especially longtime boomers and veterans coasting to retirement. Incorporating a set of checklists, tips, techniques and tools, Ahlrichs's five-step program offers how-tos for assessing demographics, redefining retirement and the job, providing flexibility, mandating performance, and making engagement part of the culture.
About the Author
Part I: Engagement or Attendance?
1 Re-ignite Engagement in Longtime Employees
2 Reap What You Reward
3 Reject Barriers to Full Engagement
Part II: Retention or Results?
4 Release Full Engagement
5 Capture Knowledge, Develop Competencies
6 Create the Culture You Need Now
Nancy S. Ahlrichs is a noted author, consultant, and national expert on talent management and organization management. Currently head of her own speaking and consulting company, EOC Strategies, LLC, she is the former director of organizational evolution at ONEX, Inc., a high-tech consulting and recruiting firm. Ahlrichs is author of two groundbreaking business books: Manager of Choice and Competing for Talent, and her guest columns and articles have appeared in Fast Company, HR Strategy, and Harvard Business Update.
”Anyone interested in workplace productivity and employee engagement should use this guidebook—filled with fresh facts, stories, and solutions—to engage and, more important, reengage their workforce!”—Dr. Scott Cawood, Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Synygy, Inc., and coauthor of Destination Profit
”A diagnosis, prognosis, and prescription for the unintended neglect of the Boomer generation. If you seek superior performance from all employees, this book advises you on actions to start, stop, and continue.”—Donald S. Murphy, MSOD, JD, Director, Performance Improvement, Indiana Public Defender Council
”This book will allow you to re-message yourself in ways your employees will applaud and marvel at. The boss really can learn, did hear us and change, and most important, respects us. That’s the gold mine you can tap in this fine read. Invest in your learning!”—W. Lynn Tanner, Ph.D., President, TEC Canada
”Igniting Gen B and Gen V is a rich, practical resource for tapping the huge reservoir of unused talent you already have in your organization. It’s a road map to the level of innovation and creativity that companies need to survive in today’s business world.”—Doug Hickok, President, Hickok Group, LLC