by Gwen Moran
Originally published: June 23, 2016
People are increasingly living past 100. That means some big changes for the future of work.
It’s no secret that people are living longer. But breaking down the numbers is surprising. Life expectancy has increased at a rate of more than two decades every decade, with more people than ever living well into their 80s, 90s, and 100s.
This means some changes in the workplace need to happen to help people who are living longer, says Lynda Gratton, professor at London Business School, and coauthor with economist Andrew Scott of The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. Gratton says that people living longer lives in health means that they’ll work longer, too. However, how and where they’ll work are likely to change, and employers are going to need to be ready to accept new realities and adopt new practices to accommodate workers of all ages.