The Aging Workforce: An Overview of Strategic Talent Management Research and Initiatives

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session will examine evidence-based strategic talent management initiatives geared toward improving workplace programs for the aging workforce.
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In the coming decades, a large portion of the workforce will reach retirement age contributing to a loss of talent in industry. One potential strategy for reducing the potential impact is engaging older workers possessing relevant transportable skills. This session will provide an overview of the SHRM Foundation’s and SHRM’s initiatives involving talent management for the aging workforce. In 2014, SHRM Foundation and SHRM will begin a program funded by the Sloan Foundation to conduct large-scale research of best practices for older worker talent management. As part of this effort, both organizations will also develop evidence-based tools and resources for employers of older workers and industries facing the potential talent drain. During this session, Schmit will provide an overview of initiatives and Alonso will provide overview of preliminary data from an employer survey of best practices and potential recruitment challenges expected in the future. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Presenter: 

Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Mark
Schmit, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Foundation’s efforts to advance the strategic direction and impact of the HR profession. Dr. Schmit was previously the Vice President of Research for SHRM. Dr. Schmit has more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resources and has also been an academic, applied researcher, HR generalist, and internal and external consultant to both public and private organizations. Dr. Schmit earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1994. He has published more than 25 professional journal articles and book chapters and delivered more than 75 presentations at professional meetings on HR and Industrial/Organizational Psychology topics. Dr. Schmit is a Fellow in both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alexander
Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer. He was promoted from Vice President for Research and served as the head of examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications.   He was responsible for all research activities including the development of the SHRM Competency Model.   He oversaw the teams responsible for research products like People Insight engagement tools, SHRM Benchmarking Services, and the Workplace and Employment Trends Center.  During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses.   He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills.  Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. Dr. Alonso was part of the team recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS.  In addition, Dr. Alonso was awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.  He has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review.  Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist reviewing international practice topics for The Industrial Psychologist from 2011-2014. He has also served as the Chairperson for the SIOP International Affairs Committee, a member of the SIOP Professional Practice, Awards, and Program Committees, and the 2014 president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.  He currently serves as the SIOP Executive Board Communications Portfolio Officer. 

Location: 
W105
Amount of Credit: 
1.25
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Competency: 
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
Intended Audience: 
Midlevel
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