The HR Architect spends 5 minutes with … Tony Gibson

Introducing Tony Gibson, Director SPIRIT.3H

Where I met Tony Gibson and his current vision and influence in the HR arena

I met Tony Gibson at the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA). At QBSA we worked together for four years in a great partnership that supported significant culture change in a true learning organisation.

Description of what you’re currently working on…

Tony Gibson’s current HR passion is leading the ‘Staying On’ Programme Development in Queensland with his New Zealand partner Geoff Pearman the programme designer. “Putting your head in the sand and hoping it will go away is no longer an option for employers when it comes to the Age Wave” says Tony.

In his view, more integrated and strategic approaches are called for that addresses the needs of employers as well as the changing needs of older workers. A convergence is occurring, the boomers are now reaching 65, they are living longer being healthier and in many cases staying on in work. We have also had a declining birthrate for several decades that is now impacting.

HR faces possibly one of the biggest workforce challenges of the 21st century, what some are calling the Age Wave. The talent war is only going to accelerate with some industries already experiencing severe skill shortages; yet the tactics of recruiting more aggressively in a limited labour market or relying on immigration are only piece meal responses. The phenomenon of an ageing population and declining birthrates is global and unprecedented in human history. One option is to look closer to home and nurture your current workforce.

Description of a normal day in the life of Tony Gibson as a HR practitioner

For many CEO’s the talent war, employee engagement and the need to enhance productivity are at the top of their people management agenda’s. These concerns along with the demographic realities are challenging future thinking employers. We are seeing an early indication that enlightened organisations like BMW and Bunnings are using integrated retention and attraction strategies to face up to the Age Wave.

In ‘Staying On’ there is a strong focus on staying engaged, healthy and connected for productive and flexible organizations. The ‘Staying On’ programme supports leadership, innovation and sustainable futures addressing a major business risk. By employers managing all their talent they will become an employer of choice and have the skills to prosper.

Words of wisdom/closing statement to HR practitioners

“Enjoy your life by managing your energy”.

For more information:  Contact Tony Gibson and ‘Staying On’ visit or M: + 61 419791860 EMAIL

Interviewed by Tony Wiggins

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with …. Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

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