By 2028, over 25% of the national workforce will be 55 or older, according to a report by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. However, a big question being asked by some experts is: How do older workers fit into the rapidly evolving AI-driven economy?
As mentioned in a recent opinion article published by Fox News, despite the AI-related challenges on the horizon, older workers likely possess unique advantages that even the most advanced AI technologies cannot replicate: “valuable experience, skills, and wisdom.”
In an era soon to be dominated by AI, more businesses are realizing the irreplaceable value of meaningful relationship-building, in-person interactions, and soft skills such as leadership, communication, adaptability, and teamwork. This is where older workers, with their years of experience and industry knowledge, are projected to shine.
The benefits of a multigenerational workforce are evident, with the AARP reporting that seven out of ten U.S. workers enjoy collaborating with colleagues from different age groups, according to the Fox News article.
While the rise of AI in the workforce will likely lead to job losses, it has also paved the way for the creation of new roles and enhanced productivity within existing jobs. As companies adapt to AI technologies, job roles will evolve, and tasks will be reallocated based on the unique strengths of human employees.
The increasing prominence of AI in the workforce does not diminish the value of older workers. On the contrary, their invaluable experience is precisely what the American economy needs to thrive in the future.