Bye bye, boomers

Good news! IBM has a solution for your baby-boomer problem. You know, that one you’ve been losing sleep over: the fact that corporate employees born during the post-World War II baby boom will start hitting 60 next year, and once they begin to retire, you’ll lose all their knowledge and experience.

Uh, you haven’t lost sleep over losing those boomers? And you don’t think you need IBM’s newly formed army of consultants, cultural anthropologists, researchers and social scientists? You figure your company will just do what it has always done — let those aging yuppies go and hire kids to replace them?

Maybe you’ve got the right idea. But hold that thought.

Actually, IBM’s new consulting angle isn’t completely useless. There likely will be plenty of boomer attrition — eventually. But there are lots of boomers (everyone born in North America between 1946 and 1964). The worst of the exodus won’t kick in until about 2015, when the peak of the boom passes age 65. There’s time.

Then again, IBM knows that lots of CIOs and human resources VPs are baby boomers themselves, already looking forward to retirement. And if IBM actually can, as advertised, run employee data through its special software and come up with a who-to-hire workforce plan for around $100,000, it’s a pretty cheap service. So the timing makes sense, and the price isn’t bad.

But Big Blue’s new service won’t buy your company what it truly needs.

See, IBM may be able to figure out which business skills your company will lose when each boomer retires. That is, the generic skills.

There’s no subtlety in an HR database. Maybe it contains employee r

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now