You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch

For someone in the over-50 age bracket ageism isn’t just a word is something you have to deal with on a regular basis, particularly when you’re looking for employment. It’s illegal, of course, but extremely easy to get away with under the guise of “over-qualified” or “doesn’t fit with our culture” yet…

Not one negative stereotype about older workers holds up under scrutiny. Abundant data show that they’re reliable, handle stress well, master new skills and are the most engaged of all workers when offered the chance to grow and advance on the job. Older people might take longer to accomplish a given task, but they make fewer mistakes. They take longer to recover from injury but hurt themselves less often. It’s a wash. Motivation and effort affect output far more than age does.

It’s time we looked at older workers as no less valuable than anyone else and make sure our definition diversity includes age.

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