The Aging Workforce. We hear this phrase everywhere. And so much time is devoted to discussion of this rapidly growing population, as 80% of baby boomers plan to work past the age of 65. Estimates place 25% of the labor force at age 55 or older within a couple of years.
This trend is often presented as a negative — something to “manage.” The implication is that employers need to find workarounds and coping mechanisms for this “undesirable” change in the fabric of the American workforce.
But that’s just not the case. New data shows that this shift in the workforce can actually work in your favor. The aging workforce is proving to be an asset — to safety, productivity and profitability — for leading, innovative employers.
Dave Beech, CPA, CMA, MBA
Director Health Management Services, Marsh & McLellan
Dave Beech has more than 30 years of experience in the health care consulting arena and specializes in employee health strategy, program design, worksite health services, health management and well-being, ACO networks, bundled payment (Center of Excellence) contracting, consumer-driven plans, health data utilization and cost analysis, and evaluating/selecting health vendors. He is a frequent presenter at national and regional health care conferences including the National Business Group on Health, American Bar Association, CEBS, CFO Magazine, NY Times and HR Magazine. Dave has worked extensively with major Fortune 500 and nonprofit clients including CalPERS, Apple, BMW, Facebook, Western Digital, LPL Financial Services, First American, Volvo, LegalZoom, Applied Materials, Edwards Lifesciences, Scripps Healthcare, Sharp Healthcare, Providence Health, Ascension Health, Mayo Health Services, and Yale Health System.
Alicia Kelch, PA
OnSite Physician Assistant, Harley-Davidson Lifestyle Centers – Powered by BTE Workforce Solutions
Alicia Kelch leads innovative onsite occupational health services at Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Milwaukee locations. She keeps her team of BTE onsite clinicians motivated and committed to providing the highest quality proactive and preventative healthcare to the employee population. Alicia graduated from Duquesne University and has been a Physician Assistant since 2005. After many years practicing in emergency medicine and primary care, Alicia transitioned to occupational medicine where it provided an opportunity to promote wellness among workers, as well as assist those workers to prevent disease and injury. Using an integrative approach to overall health and wellness, Alicia strives to make every patient’s encounter an encouraging stimulus to their healthcare journey of injury and disease prevention. Alicia was honored by the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants as one of the top 5 Wisconsin PA leaders of 2017. She is also published in Property Casualty 360 publication.
Angela Berwick, MS, OTR, CEAS III
Manager of Onsite Services, BTE Workforce Solutions
Angela Berwick’s professional focus is in-depth program development for onsite prevention programs. Her expertise in biomechanics analysis and job task analysis in conjunction with program development aid in addressing employer and employee ergonomic concerns surrounding work. Angela’s training and experience include job task analysis/essential job function assessments, return to work assessments, work hardening and work simulation programs, training of cumulative trauma/back injury prevention, as well as traditional occupational therapy. Angela holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Science and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and is CEAS certified. Her passion is making the workplace a safer, happier and more productive environment.