Retiring boomers = more flex work for moms?

May 25th, 2007

SupermomThe impending wave of retiring baby boomers — which could spell U.S. workforce shortages — might force companies to offer increasingly flexible work arrangements to stay-at-home moms looking to return to work, according to a new article from PayScale.

Exciting excerpt:

“Employers will have no choice but to be more flexible. They will be offering opportunities for creative scheduling and … opportunities to work at home. There will be a whole restructuring of the way work gets done,” said Roberta Chinsky Matuson, principal of Human Resource Solutions in Northampton, Mass. “That will help moms who want to reenter the work force, but stay at home and work.”

I of course think flexibility is a must, and we’ll take it any way we can get it, asap. But I can’t help but think of all those Rosies flooding the factories during WWII, needed in the workforce only because so many men were in battle. Too bad it might take a major workforce shortage for more companies to offer employment policies that accommodate the fact that people have lives outside the office.

Entry Filed under: Balance,Working moms

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lynn Fotheringham from The Garden Office  |  May 25th, 2007 at 8:04 am

    I haven’t worked of an employer for nearly 20 years becuase I just couldn’t stand the culture. I have no idea if things have changed, but the only way I could see to have a life outside of the office was to have a business outside of the office. My latest venture here in the UK , with my architect partner is InsideOut: The Garden Office
    Als, most baby boomers here in England can’t afford to retire, so they are not going to leave any work opportunites for younger women!

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  May 28th, 2007 at 11:19 am

    lynn, thanks for writing. i LOVE those garden offices. beautiful! that’s pretty much my dream office.

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