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BSAD 295 - Aging Workforce Issues
University of Vermont - School of Business Administration
Prof. Barbara McIntosh
Summer 2009
318 Kalkin Hall
After Class
656-0507 McIntosh@bsad.uvm.edu
And By Appt.
DESCRIPTION:

What are the implications of living longer for productive activity? What is the relationship between work
and leisure? How are employers going to respond to predicted labor shortages? What are the demographic
implications for a multigenerational workforce? Historical patterns of work and retirement need to be
reexamined from an individual, employer, and societal perspective. Multiple pressures including shifting
demographics, increasing labor demand, the changing nature of work, financing retirement, and the
increasing cost of social support programs are changing expectations; but the impact on employment
remains uncertain. Aging workforce issues are particularly complex because of the current regulatory and
legal environment, productivity demands, and existing human resource policies and practices. This course
examines labor market dynamics, employer practices, work/leisure preference patterns, economic security
issues, and Federal policy as it impacts employment.

OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course students will be able to:
Appreciate the characteristics of normal, successful aging.
Understand the legal and social policy background against which the U.S. labor force is aging.
Discuss the labor force dynamics facing older workers and employers
Identify the issues confronting employers regarding the employment of older workers.

Understand the impact of \u201cage\u201d on work role

Outline necessary changes in human resource policies and practices with respect to aging
workers
Explain the economic incentives and disincentives to work confronting aging Americans.
Analyze employment alternatives based upon domestic and international examples.

TEXTS:Beatty, Paulette T. & Visser, Roemer M.S.(Eds.) Thriving on an Aging Workforce. Malabar Fla.
Krieger Publishing Company, 2005 (B)
RAND. Karoly L. & Panis, S. The 21st Century at Work: Forces Shaping the Future Workforce
and Workplace in the United States MR\u2013 164. 2004 (Download File at www..rand.org) (R)
GRADING:
Midterm Exam
20%
Final Exam
30%
Paper/Policy Analysis
40%
Participation
10%
LECTURE/READING SCHEDULE
DATE
TOPIC
READING(S)/
CHAPTERS
BACKGROUND
May 11
Introduction
B 2, 3
Overview of Demographics and Productive Activity
R1
Normal Aging: Understanding Behaviors
Legal Environment and Social Policy
Age Discrimination Issues:
LABOR MARKETS
Labor Markets: Economic Theory and Economic Reality
R 2,
Labor Force Participation Rates (LFPR) and age
Labor Markets: Race and Gender Considerations
Labor Market Alternatives: Another Look
R5
at Productive Activity
EMPLOYMENT
May 12

Employee Attitudes
Changing Expectations/Changing Career Patterns
An Older Worker\u2019s Viewpoint

Employer Attitudes: An Overview
B 17, 10, 11
Employer\u2019s Viewpoint
Cost Assessment
B 13, 14, 15
Staffing/Job Search Issues
B 4, 5
May 13
Productivity: Ability and Health
B 12, 13
Managing Performance Decline
Productivity: Training and Retraining
B 6, 7
Managing Career Trajectories

B 8, 9
Retention Issues/Preparation
Alternative Employment Options

Midterm Exam Due
May 14
The Federal Government Interface with
Older Worker Employment: JTPA, WIBS
Handouts
Older Worker Programs in Vermont

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