Baby Boomer is a name given to the generation of individuals who were born in the years immediately after World War II, precisely between the years 1946 and 1964. It is the most accepted range as the years 1946 to 1964 are used by several agencies, such as the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, the Pew Research Center, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What is the Age-Range of Baby Boomers?
As of today (2022), the age range of Baby Boomers is between 58 and 76 years old.
What Caused the Baby Boom?
Multiple factors together resulted in the baby boom after the war; they are:
The economy was slowly stabilizing itself after the war and the Great Depression.
War heroes were returning and finally starting a family.
Increase in safety
The wide availability of credit after the economy slowly recovered from the war and the Great Depression.
Encouragement from the government to rebuild and grow families post-war.
Glorification of marriage and parenthood. It resulted in the average marriage age for women falling to 20 from 22.
What are the Characteristics of Baby Boomers?
The characteristics of baby boomers are:
Baby Boomers are behind younger generations regarding understanding and using technology.
They are politically conservative.
They are ahead in terms of education compared to generations before them,
This generation showed an increase in women in the workplace.
They tend to be more focused on being independent.
Baby boomers were one of the last generations to be hard-working.
This generation realized and lived the American dream.
They were adaptive and survived harsh circumstances making them more resilient.
Workplace and Baby Boomers
Even though they are near retirement age or have already reached retirement age, baby boomers are more likely to retire later than expected. In the workplace, policies must be set keeping boomers in mind if your workforce has a considerable amount of boomers. Despite the stereotype of older employees being less productive than younger ones, baby boomers often prove people wrong.