The U.S. Census predicts that by 2016, 33% of the country’s workforce will be over 50. The impact of the “graying” of American workers is especially significant in the health care industry. The Department of Labor funded a special report on this issue, which can be accessed here. Its recent report includes some startling statistics and projections.

The report summarizes strategies that health care providers can use to retain older health care workers, including the following:

The report is a wake-up call for all health care providers to assess their own workforce and determine whether specific strategies should be implemented to encourage older workers to remain employed.

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