Older Workers, Younger Bosses

When older workers meet younger bosses, sparks can fly.

Peter Cappelli directs the Wharton School's Center for Human Resources and is the coauthor of Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order.

How do you define older workers and younger supervisors? The legal definition of an older worker is anyone over 40, but the issues we're seeing are driven by people around the historical retirement age of 65. Especially in the corporate world, it's possible to find people in their thirties doing jobs that in the past workers in their forties or fifties would do. But the biggest conflicts happen when supervisors are in their late forties and early fifties, and want to distinguish themselves from the older age group.

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