WORKHAPPY WRAP: We’re Getting Old, Habits to Live By, LinkedIn’s New Mentor Match, the Job of the Week, and more news from a busy 7 days in the workforce.

by Jennifer Sigler | July 23, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Crossing the bridge into retirement isn’t as easy as it once was.

A new week = a new work happy wrap! Take a look.

An aging workforce: Workers ages 65 and older are set to be the fastest-growing demographic in the workplace by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This week Jena McGregor for The Washington Post looked at what this meant for both companies and workers.

Always in need of a committed employee, some employers are offering higher 401(k) matches, financial wellness programs and flexible work arrangements to older employees. These are great additions for a generation who may not be financially prepared for the shift to retired life.

Phased-retirement plans, however, are not seeing a dramatic increase — most likely due to their dependence on having a set retirement date. For now, it looks like those who could retire are staying put.

Habits to succeed by: Habits define us — and these executives have used them for good. Last week Entrepreneur spotlighted the positive habits of Leyla Milani-Khoshbin, Com Mirza, Tom Ferry, Chris Plough, Roy McDonald, and AJ Rivera — six entrepreneurs that know a little something about success.

Prioritizing people over tasks: This is how Cathy Engelbert  — CEO at Deloitte  — says she achieved her success. Among the successes of her resume, she has earned a 94 percent approval rating among employees and is one of eight women on Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs list this year.

Her secret to success is “building a team that brings you solutions instead of challenges, listening to and collaborating with them — that ultimately prioritizes your focus on issues where you can have the most impact, not just scratch items off the to-to list.”

Indeed. 

MENTOR MATCH

Having a mentor can be an immeasurably valuable tool in building a successful career — and finding one might soon be easier than ever thanks to the innovators at LinkedIn.

The company is testing out a mentor-matching program that matches users who are senior leaders with young professionals seeking career advice. It would be a program that both users would need to sign up for to show their interest and industry.

The aim of the program is not only to offer digital mentorships, but to help users “extend beyond their own network.” While not meant as a replacement for long-term mentorships, the possibilities offer, at the very least, strong professional advice and perhaps lasting, mutually-beneficial connections.

JOB OF THE WEEK

Pinterest is hiring a Head of Total Rewards. What does this mean? Think a cross between a dream manager and a human relations rock star. This person will oversee all things related to worker success, including compensation, benefits, creative wellness coverage, and management and employee training.

Best of all? You will be encouraged to be innovative and create new programs specifically with the “pinployee” in mind — and keep Pinterest setting the bar and ahead of trends in the market.

“Pinployees” — as employees are affectionately dubbed — work in a collaborative culture that highly values creativity and diverse interests. The company’s San Francisco headquarters are “Pinterest-worthy” with lots of natural light and an open-concept design.

Also, who wouldn’t love working for a company that wants its employees to “do their best work and live their best lives?” If you have 10+ years of HR experience, experience evaluating and benchmarking positions, and are known for your communication skills, this could be a dream position at a fantastic company.

And I hear San Francisco is lovely year-round… 

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to services@TheUpWriteGroup.com to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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