As the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, we at SHRM recognize you as models for all U.S. businesses in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. You know that engaging and retaining older workers is crucial to your business success in the decade ahead.
More broadly, inclusive people management strategies will be critical to our nation as we deal with ongoing economic storms and strive to stay competitive globally. That's why SHRM was pleased to form a partnership with AARP three years ago to promote and help implement strategies for leveraging the talents of older workers.
Last year, as just one facet of that partnership, we joined with AARP in cosponsoring the 2013 Best Employers award and the concurrent session panel featuring three of the winning organizations at the SHRM Annual Conference.
Like AARP, we are eager to address the challenges and opportunities of a maturing, multigenerational workforce. The more than 265,000 HR professionals in more than 140 countries who belong to SHRM are passionate about their unique role. They are dedicated to maximizing the productivity of a workforce that, for the first time in history, includes four generations.
Like many other developed countries, the U.S. faces a major demographic challenge. Two years ago, the oldest of the nearly 80 million boomers turned 65. Every day, about 10,000 more Americans are reaching that traditional retirement age. Most organizations can’t afford to suddenly lose such a reservoir of work experience and seasoned judgment.
As SHRM and AARP work together to expand awareness of older worker issues and strategies to address them, we know we can count on the support of leaders such as you, the winners of the 2013 AARP Best Employers award.
You have demonstrated that you care deeply about these issues, and you have shown the leadership needed to make a real difference for our nation in the decisive years ahead.
You are truly an elite group. Congratulations once again for your substantial achievements, and keep up the good work.
Hank Jackson is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.