Minnesota Boomers at Work/in Transition
Demographic and economic forces are upending conventional career paths, constraining the employment and retirement options of Twin Cities metropolitan area baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). Because of age discrimination and the absence of flexible, part-time, project-based, and meaningful jobs for this age group, many more baby boomers want to work than actually do so. Joining forces with SHiFT, a grassroots nonprofit that supports people at midlife who are reframing and transitioning their work and life, Phyllis Moen (McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Department of Sociology) will investigate local innovations that offer new ways of working for Twin Cities baby boomers as they move from (or lose) career jobs. The goal of the project is to identify policies and practices that better fit the demographics and preferences of the twenty-first century Twin Cities workforce.