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When “OK Boomer” Hits the Workplace
Many wonder what happens if people start saying the catchphrase at work

by Elizabeth C. Tippett at

The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old…

    As the term enters our everyday vocabulary, HR professionals and employment law specialists like me now face the age-old question: What happens if people start saying “OK boomer” at work?   MORE

Unretiring Has Become the Norm

by Tribune News Service 

When people ask me what I’ve learned most about retirement in my years covering the subject as a journalist, I typically deadpan a one-word answer: Don’t.

    For both financial and health reasons, delaying retirement by even a year or two beyond the original plan can make a big difference.

    A new survey takes the idea a step further, contemplating a world in which the traditional concept of retirement pretty much disappears.   MORE

We Need to Call “B.S. on Ageism,” Once and for All
"Comeback Careers" co-authors Mika and Ginny Brzezinski
discussed workplace ageism and gender disparity

by Halley Bondy at

Experience and wisdom are valuable to companies. Yet workplace ageism persists, particularly against women who leave and then return to the workforce…

    Mika Brzezinski and her sister-in-law wrote “Comeback Careers,” which came out this week. The book provides a roadmap for women in their 40s and 50s who are returning to the workforce after a hiatus. The authors surveyed women across the country and discovered egregious cases of ageism.

Our next edition…
Recruiting by Text is a Thing.
Here’s What You Need to Know

by Evil HR Lady at

If you call me and get my voicemail, it tells you the fastest way to reach me is to hang up and text.

    I’m not alone in my hatred of phone calls–messaging is the number one usage of smartphones. People love messaging apps of all sorts and hate phone calls. So, it makes sense that texting should start to take over recruiting.   MORE

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The Whole Enchilada
Look at the total package when evaluating a job, not just salary

When considering a new position, there is a lot to consider. It seems like a gut reaction for most people to first look at how much the job pays. That’s natural.

    But there is so much more – just in compensation. For one thing, many companies will pay some sort of bonus – which could be based on any or all of several factors, not the least of which is the employer’s profitability.

    Of course, if you’re in sales, there is the whole commission consideration – straight commission, salary plus commission, draw against commission. You may need a calculator.

    Most companies today offer some sort of medical insurance benefit. In recent years this has changed mightily as – to save money on premiums – companies have begun moving toward high deductible policies which will have a direct – and possibly dramatic – effect on your finances.

    Then there is the consideration of the possibility of a health insurance policy available through your spouse’s employer. You may want to pass on one or the other.

    Once you’ve climbed the mountain of medical insurance, don’t think that you’ve finished. There are other possible benefits to consider.

    Take vacation time for example – and this is especially relevant to the older worker. Because of our work and salary histories, we may price ourselves out of some positions. “Why should I hire you when I can get a 30-year old for a lot less money?” (And we realized that, in and of itself, that is an entirely separate discussion.)

    This is where your negotiation skills – and creativity – come into play. Maybe either you and/or your prospective employer will be open to that lower salary in exchange for more vacation time. If they’re offering $X in salary – which is lower than what you were earning before, or what you otherwise would be willing to accept – and their typical new hire is eligible for two weeks vacation, maybe you’ll accept $X if you can get three or four weeks vacation. It’s an option.

    The list goes on from there. A company or travel allowance is a possibility. Retirement contribution such as a 401(K) match is a possibility. Employee stock options is another as is equity in the business.

    Before you leave the interview, or accept an offer, make certain that you know all the elements of your compensation package. It will pay in the long run – literally.

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