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Aging Workforce Will Drive Internet Of Things Progress
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DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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5/28/2014 | 11:07:57 AM
Re: Aging workforce

It's always about the money while trying to make it look like something else to justify corporate greed and self center actions.  Remember when just about every fortune 1000 company offered a non-contribution pension because their employees where so "valued" and their most important asset?   Now that we've had a corporation friendly government for the past 30 years there are no rules left to favor the aging worker.

DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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5/28/2014 | 10:18:25 AM
USA ahead of game on aging workers

Over the past 15 years or so investment in automation is what's kept the US ahead of the game on productivity, and there's no reason not to expect the same with the use of the cloud.  In addition, the US Supreme Court pretty much took the fangs out of the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 when it ruled in favor of IBM over a mass lay off of workers age 50 and older in a class action suit solving IBM's aging worker base problem, just replace them with younger workers.  As a result of this ruling, it's getting rarer and rarer to find any personnel in large corporations over the age of 50.

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Laurianne,
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5/27/2014 | 1:23:56 PM
Re: Aging workforce
The author urges US manufacturers to consider what rivals are doing abroad with regard to IoT. That is competitive context, not a call for outsourcing. Another employment reality about the upcoming demographic shift is the US will have a large older population that will need personal care -- and we're not ready with robot nurses yet.
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5/27/2014 | 12:39:29 PM
Re: Aging workforce
This isn't about looking overseas for those lower cost resources, though, it's about automating in response to scarce talent/high labor costs. It makes the case that other countries could get a jump on advanced manufacturing because they're short on labor. 
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keitha0000,
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5/27/2014 | 11:52:48 AM
Aging workforce
I find the disconnect -- between the aging workforce alarmists and the swaths of older unemployed workers looking for work -- to be very interesting. And it applies to IT as well. And it's not all about older workers not having the necessary skills (although, that does play a role). A great example is the mainframe industry where offshore outsourcing, primarily to India, is the trend. Mainframe shops cry about the lack of resources, while LinkedIn is packed full of experienced workers looking for work.

I think the real story is about industry looking for cheaper resources...


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