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Magazine article HRMagazine

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Dear Readers:

This combined January/February issue of HR Magazine, along with an upcoming July/ August issue, reflects the latest evolution in how the Society for Human Resource Management serves the information needs of its members. While the print edition remains a vibrant and valued benefit at 10 yearly issues, we have responded to changing media habits and new technologies with an array of exciting digital offerings:

* Our digital edition of the magazine, featuring enhanced functions and multimedia, is now available to all members for viewing or download on SHRM Online at hrmagazine.

* Apps for accessing the digital edition on tablet devices and smartphones are available in the iTunes, Google Play and Amazon app stores.

* Additional website features include reader comments, video, slideshows, quizzes, polls, infographics and artwork.

* A revamped book blog offers reviews, author posts and reading recommendations.

* Opportunities to engage with us and other readers are available through daily posts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

As we evolve and experiment, please let us know your thoughts. Send us a note at HRmag@shrm .org.

-The Editors

Addressing the Aging Workforce

Regarding the HR Magazine special supplement "HR and the Aging Workforce" (November), I certainly agree with SHRM President Henry Jackson when he stated that "The continued retirement of large numbers of Baby Boomers could significantly increase the existing skills gaps, and I believe that the skills gap is among the most critical/important challenges facing our nation, communities, organizations and economy today."

The supplement addresses the significance of the retirement of the Baby Boom generation and the loss of tacit knowledge (i.e., the knowledge inside employees' heads). The main suggestion Jackson offers is to determine the potential impact and then figure out how to mitigate the knowledge loss.

While the information he offers is good, let me suggest several resources that are readily available that could further help HR professionals when they are addressing the loss of employee knowledge, including:

* Slides on ConocoPhillips' knowledge retention strategy: aug2014kmcc.

* Materials from the Tennessee Valley Authority designed to prevent valuable knowledge from walking out the door: index.html.

* A presentation I gave on this topic at the U.S. Coast Guard's Human Performance Technology Workshop: http://bit . …

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