We all know that HR is never dull. But sometimes it can get downright strange...
The workplace: Playground of single seniors?
John A. Challenger, chief executive of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray
& Christmas Inc., has issued a news release in which he predicts the following:
"A convergence of trends, including longer life spans and significant losses
in retirement savings, could mean that the most popular meeting place for single
seniors will be at the workplace."
Challenger says that while all seniors will have greater incentives to stay
in the workforce, it will be particularly true of single seniors. "They
lack the income that a working spouse contributes, yet still have to contend
with rising costs, such as health care. Those who are single because of divorce
or the death of a spouse may be in a particularly tough financial situation
due to legal and/or hospital expenses," he says.
"Whatever the reason for staying on the job," he adds, "the
growing number of singles in the workplace may find that the workplace is the
most ideal environment in which to meet new people, since singles bars, health
clubs and other such venues traditionally cater to younger people. The social
contact that the workplace offers may become the leading factor behind many
older workers' decision to forego retirement."
In fact, Challenger adds, the opportunity to meet new people may become a selling
point among employers who, within the next 10 years, are expected to face a
serious labor shortage. Companies may even want to promote the idea of being
a senior-friendly environment, by holding social functions exclusively for workers
"Human resource departments may cringe at the idea of doing anything that
could prompt romantic relationships, but such measures may be necessary in a
time of labor shortages," he says. "Besides, the workplace in general
has become more relaxed about intra-office dating, realizing that with workers
logging so many hours, opportunities to meet people outside of work are dwindling."
Source: Challenger, Gray
& Christmas, Inc.