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Nickerson definitely has the education and experience to identify key workforce trends. Over his 25 years as an attorney, writer and CEO, he has gained a unique insight into what makes a company successful in terms of employee relationships that result in success.
In his second book, Boomerangs, Nickerson starts off by addressing the two most important challenges facing today's worldwide workforce: global warming and global againg. He believes that the American workplace has never been more stratified as it currently is. Why? He asserts that changes must be made regarding the legal, social and cultural attitudes as well as the required actions that need to be implemented to create a healthy balance between young and older employees. This will result in valuable, commercial success.
However, Boomerangs, does more than just identify current and looming problems. In chapter ten of this small book (135 pages), he includes a simple list of ten tips for employers to consider. Those include: when to increase or downsize a workforce; and, how to include accommodations for older workers, who may need more flexibility in their schedule. And, who can train emerging leaders through mentoring and job sharing.
Nickerson, in describing Boomerangs, said that: It (the book) is revolutionary in that it addresses a necessary overhaul of our attitudes, our biases, our laws, and our workplace rules in order to re-align those things with the actual human lives that are taking place today."
Nickerson's research was included in an article, "6 Ways Your Company Can Adapt To An Aging Worforce," by Patrick Ball, associate editor of Care, Inc. Ball discusses six factors for success in today's workforce. He writes about the significance of key data from Nickerson, such as age neutrality to mentoring programs. Some points from his article are: 1. Employees must create a respectful environment for workers of all ages. 2. Taking advantage of older employees' experience and expertise is a must.
"Today's current workforce really needs to adapt to new challenges affecting businesses in all industries," Nickerson said. "My position on the relationship between young workers and older employees must be used for revenue growth and in creating a team environment. Without this, companies simply won't be as competitve.
Whole Foods Market Inc., the nation's largest retailer of natural and organic foods, has agreed to pay $800,000 in penalties after officials in California determined that the store was overcharging customers in the state. The charges were initially made by city attorneys in San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, accusing the retailer of inaccurate pricing practices. Among the charges is that Whole Foods was selling bulk items without subtracting the weight of containers, and was selling many items by item that should have been sold by weight. In addition to the fines, the company has agreed to hire pricing accuracy managers, and each of its 74 stores in California will be subject to random audits for the next five years. The company issued a statement declaring it had cooperated with the investigation and will take steps top ensure more accurate pricing moving forward.