Download Citation on ResearchGate | Managing Middlescence | They make up more than half your workforce. They work longer hours than. Welcome to middlescence. Like adolescence, it can be a time of frustration, confusion, and alienation. But it can also be a time of self-discovery. Citation: () “Managing middlescence”, Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 14 Issue: 5, ead.

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His advice to others: As sales director for the West Coast, he went up against his former employer.

However, many find themselves too busy for extensive education and training; personal development time comes at the sacrifice of other responsibilities, both on the job and off. Middleecence he’s having fun.

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But 85 per cent believe career changes are very difficult these days. Perhaps managers can’t grant a promotion to everyone who merits one in today’s flat organizations, but you may be able to offer new training, fresh assignments, mentoring opportunities, even sabbaticals or entirely new career paths within your own company.

He acknowledges that he had to check his ego, but he was ready for a change, and he knew that he could apply what he’d learned 20 years earlier in Mexico. There was the manager who was beginning to realise that he’d never become the company president, the senior executive who felt that she had sacrificed her life and her spirit for her job, and the technician who was bored stiff with his unchallenging assignments. Millions of midcareer men and women would like nothing better than to convert their restlessness into fresh energy.

Mid-career employees are the least likely to say their workplace is congenial and fun or that it offers ample opportunity to try new things.

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Meanwhile, too many organisations foster a silent conspiracy against education: The best way to engage middlescents is to tap into their hunger for renewal and help them launch into more meaningful roles. The solution is to widen access to leadership development programs to both rejuvenate mid-career managers and refill the leadership pipeline.


A common feature manxging academic employment relationships, sabbaticals remain rare and underused in the business world. Solutions aren’t known, and they have to be invented every day. That’s the current lot of millions of mid-career employees. It isn’t an easy job. Hewlett-Packard’s Cathy Lyons has had a half-dozen very different assignments within the company over the past 12 middleacence, from running a manufacturing operation in Italy to managing the US toner supplies business to her most recent assignment as chief marketing officer at corporate headquarters.

Focus Baby boomers Mid-career employees and managers, who should be at their peak of productivity, are the most disaffected segment of the workforce.

Managing middlescence

Participation in leadership development programs is a form of recognition of an employee’s value and potential, and workers graduate from them with a renewed comm. Fresh training is, of course, often integral to career changes as well as to employee retention. He landed a position in field sales, a role for which he had no direct experience but which seemed to play to his strengths.

I didn’t feel as managinf, I missed working directly with customers, and I felt I was just getting the job done. They’re your midcareer employees, the solid citizens between the ages of 35 and 55 whom you bank on for their loyalty and commitment. Generationally, most of today’s and all of the older mid-career employees are baby boomers, their values forged in the midst of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the civil rights and women’s rights movements.

mangaing Companies are ill prepared to manage middlescence because it is so pervasive, largely invisible, and culturally uncharted. One in three is not satisfied with his or her job.


Such barriers take many forms. Employers view these people as solid corporate citizens, bank on their loyalty and commitment, and assume they’re doing fine.

Today, a companywide employee database, which tracks skills attained and desired, helps match partners with mentors, who thanks to the internet may be in another country. Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. This place is like a lab: As a result, many mid-career workers are overdue middlesccence a serious infusion of training which can include refresher courses, in-depth education to develop new skills, and brief introductions to new ideas or areas of business that expand their perspectives and trigger their interest in learning more.

In fact, they should be viewed as a two-way pairing of knowledge to gain with knowledge to share. Putting experienc-ed employees mmanaging mentoring, teaching, and other knowledge-sharing roles has the dual benefit of re-engaging the mid-career worker and boosting the expertise and organisational know-how of less-experienced employees.

Managing Middlescence.

The actions we recommend are largely a matter of paying closer attention to the often silent majority the mid-career employees who form the heart and backbone of your workforce. Both mentor and partner take a class to learn some guidelines what to talk about, how to maximise the mutual benefit of their relationship and then they set the details of that relationship in a contract that specifies goals and deadlines.

The results for Jim and the company middlescence beyond excellent. In middlescence midrlescence are asking themselves: In the years ahead, both tangible talent shortages and growing disengagement from work will present unprecedented challenges to business productivity and growth.