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The Future of Work for the 50+ :Considerations for workers and employers.

People are living (and working) longer, and there are lasting effects. How will we respond to these 5 megatrends that are shaping the future of work?

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1Longevity

Longevity

As life expectancy increases, many people will want or need to work longer. These workers are already huge contributors to economic growth, and their impact will only grow.

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2Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning

Skill needs will change over time, so workers, employers and policymakers need to figure out how to ensure that workers can learn new skills to keep up.

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3Income Inequality

Income Inequality

Without intentional action, the current wage and wealth gap could surge.

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4Advances in Tech

Advances in Tech

The nature of work will continuously change with technological advances, including automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. These technological changes could have an outsized impact on older workers.

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5Contingent Work

Contingent Work

Employers are increasingly hiring contingent workers, which provides greater flexibility, but also more risks and less stability for workers.

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The world and the way we live in it are changing. Many of us are living longer, healthier lives. Soon, living to 100 won't be an anomaly (although not all will benefit from the longevity increase). We'll see people work well into their 70s and 80s, because they want to, or must. How will employers and workers adapt?

While the prospect of living longer is exciting, it also brings complexities and new challenges, many of them in the workplace. Here you'll find five megatrends that are shaping the future of work and pointing us toward how we might ensure all workers can thrive.

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