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Hybrid Boomers Hit the Books
August 27th, 2023

In recent years, college campuses have witnessed a fascinating demographic shift. While the quintessential college student is often imagined as a fresh high school graduate navigating the world of higher education for the first time, a growing cohort is bucking that trend: the Baby Boomers.  And, with optional work models becoming ever popular, it is not unusual to see Hybrid Boomers hit the books.  Born between 1946 and 1964, members of this generation are returning to the hallowed halls of academia.   But what’s driving this trend, and what implications does it have for education and society? Why... Continue Reading

The Hybrid Reading List
July 9th, 2023

For book lovers, there is nothing like The Hybrid Reading List. During my idle time between meetings, lunch hour, or anytime that I need a mental break, I read. Books have enriched my life intellectually, emotionally, and culturally. They have broadened my horizons, enhanced my skills, and given me joy and inspiration. Here is a list of carefully chosen books that I found to create The Hybrid Reading List. Fellow Hybrid Boomers, I invite you to read them with me. Click on the links to the ones that interest you to conveniently purchase them at Amazon. Enjoy! The Hybrid Reading List  If... Continue Reading

Office Days
June 7th, 2023

On designated office days, employees are expected to be physically present in the office for hybrid work arrangements.  When to report into the office is predetermined and coordinated among team members to ensure effective collaboration and communication.  The problem for many of us returning to the office is that we no longer want the distractions of being around others.  Never mind that we are already frustrated from the morning commute and the loss of work life balance achieved.  Who is going to do the laundry or drive mom to the doctor! Now our shoes hurt and the clothes that we wore to... Continue Reading

Will Hybrid Work End?
May 16th, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic on May 11, 2023. Now that the emergency is over, I wonder will hybrid work end? Hybrid work combines remote work with in-person work. It allows employees to work from home or other locations part of the time, while still having the opportunity to collaborate with team members and clients in-person when necessary.  Many organizations and employees have found it to be a beneficial work model for work-life balance, productivity, and flexibility. Benefits to Employers For instance, hybrid work arrangements... Continue Reading

Reliability and Seasoned Talent
April 26th, 2023

As we transition into the various forms of hybrid work, how reliable are we?  By we, I am referring to seasoned talent categorized as Baby Boomer’s.  Of course, reliability and seasoned talent can vary greatly depending on the individual worker and their specific circumstances.   However, it is possible that older workers who are experienced with hybrid work arrangements may be more reliable than younger workers who are newer to this type of work. One reason for this is that older workers have more experience with time management strategies. Over the course of their careers,  they have developed... Continue Reading

Culture and Hybrid Work
February 6th, 2023

A hybrid work model is an arrangement where employees are allowed to split their time between working from a physical office space, home, or a remote location.  The topic of culture and hybrid work has come into focus with this type of work arrangement. Culture is about the personality of a business, organization, or company.  It is the values, belief system, how employees behave and customs or norms that define a business and its employees.  Culture is critical for employees in shaping the work environment. Like working in a physical office space, maintaining culture in a hybrid work model... Continue Reading

February 6th, 2023
Can Baby Boomers Afford to Retire?
January 28th, 2023

Individuals born between 1946 and 1964 are approaching the end of their working years.  The question at the top of the minds of this generation is can baby boomers afford to retire?  This is a valid question, as many baby boomers have faced financial challenges throughout their lives.  There are several financial considerations that boomers will need to think about when planning for retirement. First, understanding the current state of retirement savings for baby boomers is important.  A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute found that the median retirement savings for households headed... Continue Reading

January 28th, 2023
Generations In The Workplace
January 16th, 2023

The concept of generations in the workplace involves the different age groups that make up the workforce at any given time.  Each generation has its own unique characteristics, values, and attitudes towards work and management.  As the workforce continues to evolve and change, Hybrid Boomers need to understand and respect the different perspectives and contributions of each generation.  Let’s look at the different generations currently in the workforce and discuss the challenges and opportunities of working with each group. Traditionalists (born before 1946) Born before 1946, the first group... Continue Reading

January 16th, 2023
January 9th, 2023

With the onset of remote and hybrid work, the practice of moonlighting has come into focus again. Moonlighting is when employees have a second job in addition to a regular job. Hybrid workers are using time saved from the commute to work and idle time left over from finished assignment to work a second or third job. According to a October 2021 survey conducted by Resume Builder, 7 in 10 remote workers have multiple jobs. And, three fourths of workers with multiple jobs are also running a side business. One remote worker reported having five jobs and using his little sister to help him maintain... Continue Reading

Holiday Paid Time Off
December 1st, 2022

Work from home, remote workers, and those of us working in a hybrid work model often make the mistake of foregoing holiday paid time off.  This time is usually needed to disconnect from work and enjoy holiday celebrations with family and friends. A recent FinanceBuzz survey found that 61% of workers feel that as long as they are making more money they are willing to work through the holidays.  The money might be good, but what about work-life balance?  Employers have become accustomed to employees giving up their time, so in some industries employees are expected to complete work assignments... Continue Reading

December 1st, 2022