Nonprofits see benefit in encore workers

A study by the MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures found that half of U.S. nonprofit employers said they saw “encore” workers as highly appealing, and nearly four in 10 said they were moderately appealing, according to an article in the Philanthropy Journal. Almost seven in 10 said they saw baby boomers’ experience, commitment and reliability as a significant potential asset in the workplace, says the study, “Tapping Encore Talent: A MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Survey of Nonprofit Employers.” According to the study, “They see encore talent improving organizational effectiveness, adding capacity, providing opportunities for learning across generations and creating the kind of flexible roles that make nonprofits attractive to workers of all ages.” However, a quarter of nonprofit employers expressed serious concerns that encore workers might demand higher pay, and nearly as many worried that older employees might have trouble mastering new technology.
Also, more than four in 10 nonprofits said the sector is facing a talent shortage, and U.S. nonprofits will need 640,000 new senior managers by 2016, says a 2006 report by the Bridgespan Group.

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