Unlike any other time in history, people from four generations are on the job together. Encore.org, with support from MetLife Foundation, commissioned three essays exploring today’s multigenerational workforce.

An Encore for Nonprofit Leaders: Making the World a Better Place, Continued explores what lies ahead for nonprofit leaders as they approach traditional retirement age and contemplate leaving their jobs. What kinds of encore careers are open to them? And how can these experienced leaders continue to contribute? Author Stephanie Clohesy, a former nonprofit executive director herself, consults with major philanthropic and nonprofit groups on organizational change and innovation. Read the report.

Rewards at Work: Inspiring Productive Employees Across Career Stages provides guidance to nonprofits interested in recruiting and retaining employees of all ages. What kinds of benefits and rewards will be most likely to attract and retain a multigenerational staff? Author Laura Reeves is chief talent officer with the American Cancer Society. Read the report.

A New Career Narrative: Will Nonprofits Lead the Way? challenges nonprofits to rethink outdated career arcs that presume 30-year working lives when the reality is that most of us will likely work for 40 or 50 years. Author Frances Kunreuther directs the Building Movement Project. Her book is titled “Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership.”

All of these topics and more were discussed at a “Crossing Generations” meeting of nonprofit leaders convened in June 2009 by Encore.org and the Building Movement Project, and made possible by the MetLife Foundation.