Title

Challenges and Opportunities in Managing the Aging Workforce: An Investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Date of Award

11-21-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Human Resource Administration

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Strategic HR Management

Advisor

Sam Conn

Keywords

Aging Workforce; Managing the Aging Workforce

Abstract

The aging workforce is becoming the majority of the working population in the United States. Although the literature on the aging workforce is sizable, little exists on how public agencies use the older workers. This capstone project examines the challenges and opportunities related to the employment of older workers as seen through a case study of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Knowledge gained from a synthesis of the literature review with survey data collected and analyzed will enable HR professionals to better understand the demographic, economic, regulatory, and intellectual influences of the aging workforce. The results from the survey of FEMA employees suggest a basis to plan and implement successful hiring and retention policies related to the aging workforce.

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