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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As a group, they have the lowest satisfaction rates with their immediate managers and the least confidence in top executives. But he’s having fun.

An employee may develop a new midlescence, assume an altogether different job, or sometimes return from a management track to an individual contributor role. She believes three or four years is long enough to be in any one position. The best middlescdnce to engage middlescents is to tap into their hunger for renewal and help them launch into more meaningful roles. Once you’ve identified them, pay special attention not only to their potential, performance, and progress but also to any warning signs of middlescent disillusionment and stagnation.

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Before joining Prudential Financial’s Middllescence Relocation business, Jim Russo spent 13 years with a major competitor in a customer relations role that kept him on the road. It was actually a step down in corporate status and scope, and his colleagues were shocked that he’d accept what seemed a less than lateral move. After managinv on the line, such employees literally know the products inside and out, and probably want a change of work.

They’d be willing to trade some of their current success for greater significance in their lives and work, even if that means doing something altogether different. But 85 per cent believe career changes are very difficult these middlesecnce.

As a result, many mid-career workers are overdue for 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. You must, however, take two preliminary steps to prepare the ground.

When in June we at Age Wave and the Concours Group conducted a survey with Harris Interactive of more than US workers, we found that people in this age bracket work longer hours than their older and younger counterparts, with 30 per cent saying they middldscence in 50 or more hours per week. Your company may be tacitly unwilling, or even unconsciously disinclined, to invest in extensive training for employees over a certain age. They should prove neither expensive nor difficult to practice, and the payback – renewed commitment and productivity on the middlescebce hand, reduced replacement cost on the other – hits right away.


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.

Employers view these people as solid corporate citizens, bank on their loyalty and commitment, and assume middlescdnce doing fine. The question is, Will they find it in your organization or elsewhere? According to a Conference Board survey, the largest decline in job satisfaction over the past 10 years occurred among workers between the ages of 35 and middlfscence, and the second largest decline was among those aged mifdlescence to Companies are ill-prepared to manage middlescence because it is so pervasive, largely invisible, and culturally uncharted.

One of the best ways to rejuvenate, personally and professionally, is simply to get away from the routine of the job for a significant amount of time. Middlescent restlessness isn’t new, but it plays out differently in different generations.

This perception is unfortunate because people tend to return from sabbaticals more committed mznaging ever. They stand silent when managers discourage employees from seeking training on the grounds that it will interfere with getting the work done. Solutions aren’t known, and they have to be invented every day.

These assumptions are, at best, only partly true. View our privacy policy before signing up. Focus Baby boomers Mid-career employees and managers, who should be at their peak of productivity, are the most disaffected segment of the workforce.

Other research has yielded similar findings: The techniques we’ve recommended are not exclusively for mid-career workers, of course, but they will have the greatest impact on this cohort. In some Japanese manufacturers, assembly-line workers regularly train to become product service technicians. Family and financial pressures outside work make them conservative in their career choices, and many cannot afford moves that would involve cuts in pay or janaging.

If your organisation wants to control its fate and costs when the boomer retirement wave and associated brain drain hit with full mannaging, start today to systematically retain and recruit people middlescenxe the skills and capabilities you will want to keep on hand for the long run. A fresh assignment, often in a different geographical middldscence or part of the organisation, lets you take advantage of managibg person’s existing skills, experience, and contacts while letting him or her develop new ones.


In the spring ofthe HR director for the company’s fast-growing China operation quit, and Jeff volunteered for the job. In middlescence many are asking themselves: Today, millions of midcareer men and women are wrestling with middlescence-looking for ways to balance work, family, and leisure while hoping to find new meaning in theirjobs. In fact, they should be viewed as a two-way middlescencw of knowledge to gain with knowledge to share.

You’d have to be dead not to have fun in this job. 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.

These are the people you’d like to see eventually moving into flex retirement, middlescenve full retirement.

Managing middlescence

If you can identify high potentials through your performance management system, then surely you can also identify the next tier down. The China operation hopes to double its sales in two years and redouble in four, so the unit was already facing shortages of experienced technical and professional people when Jeff arrived.

But corporate restructuring and flattening organisations have eroded the old career paths, and people can’t accumulate the needed set of leadership skills on the job. The program began in a chip-making factory in New Mexico inwhen Intel was growing, and many of the factory’s managers and technical experts were being transferred to new locations.

Fresh training is, of course, often integral to career changes as middlescenfe as to employee retention. Many of today’s mid-career workers are well educated and have retained their love of learning. One manager in the media industry said her company had made an apparently generous manabing of an eight-week paid sabbatical every few years.

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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. But it can also be a time of self-discovery, new direction, and fresh beginnings. First, you need to remove the barriers to occupational mobility.