Age discrimination is alive and well. I hear about it often; I find myself pushing the limits of how our owners feel about interviewing and hiring more seasoned employees. In small professional groups, I may hear things like; they are worn out, this business is hard on people, or they want too much money for what they will be able to do, etc. Perhaps as I get older myself, I don’t buy into this logic. I have seen a 60-year-old architect work circles around his 30-year-old counterpart. Not because the more seasoned architect can run a marathon or looks more like an architect in fashion’s newest trends or a sharp pair of Gucci glasses, it is because they are wiser, they have learned the tricks of the trade, and instead of celebrating issues, he/she has learned to solve the problem with much more resolve in a shorter amount of time. I found this great article on avoiding ageism, and I feel it is a great talking point to share. The link to the article is below.
How to Avoid Ageism
Employers that don’t value older workers are doing themselves a disservice.
By Jathan Janove, J.D. March 30, 2019
This Talking Tuesday is recommended by: Brooke Simcik, CDFA