Honey bees have traditionally been an image for the model employee – the quiet and disciplined worker who we come across less and less.
An Exodus of Talent
Apparently, this is true in the honey bee colonies as well. According to Lacroix-Bouchardie, the world’s honey bees are experiencing colony collapse disorder, a mass disappearance of worker bees from their beehives. The first symptom of this, which beekeepers can detect, is the plunging ratio of worker bees to baby bees, leaving the colony’s workforce insufficient to maintain its brood.
The same thing is currently occurring across labor markets, as Baby Boomer retirement starts en masse and companies cannot hold on to their younger workers. And even the ones they manage to retain do not have the skills and savvy to replace seasoned Boomers. The world’s companies are quickly getting into a situation in which the brain drain is so significant that they can’t sustain themselves.
For more on the bee theory, head over to the full post at Intuit's Fast Track blog.