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Employers Will Face Talent Shortage When Boomers Leave Workforce

Employers Are Facing a Talent Shortage

A March survey came out with some interesting results: Employers are more worried about sparse workforce talent than the cost of health care. Fortune points out that the exodus of Boomers from the workforce is on the horizon and has made employers anxious about filling those spots, but I think there's something to be said for younger workers interpreting this reality.

Before your employer puts on his best Ed McMahon and announces his plan to host a star search to fill vacant positions, it may be in your best interest step up to the plate and make it known that you're ready for more responsibility. Not sure how receptive your company would be to helping you bring your talent to the next level? Peter Cheese, head of the human performance practice at consulting giant Accenture, says you can determine if you're working for a "talent-powered" company by looking for these signs: upward mobility and lateral movement within ranks, frequent performance feedback, opportunities to learn new skills, and develop abilities.

Those three characteristics make it easy to see whether or not you work for a talent-powered company. Do you work for one? If not, remember to ask questions when you're on your next job interview that would indicate whether or not a potential employer prioritizes fostering employees' talent.


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