Older Workers Bring Phenomenal Benefits to Workplace

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: April 28, 2015
News Source: Business Insider

It was not so long ago when older workers would traditionally retire by age 65, and during the Great Recession, many were faced with great obstacles in their job search, as many employers tended to shun them due to stereotypes and unconscious biases, except for companies that were already diversity-committed.

However, today things are significantly changing: Seniors and baby boomers are living longer, working harder and challenging negative stereotypes of aging by providing more workplace value than their millennial counterparts, Business Insider reported recently.

This "megatrend" is backed up by studies that show older people have great capacity to be productive as "the mind actually gets sharper with age in a number of vital areas including cognitive skills, multi-tasking and managing conflict and compromise," the article quoted Dr. Janice Wassel, associate professor of gerontology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro as saying.

Another authority, human resources and aging expert William Zinke, said, “The national retirement age of 65 was set 80 years ago, but with the 20th century’s greatest gift of 30 years added to longevity, this outdated policy perpetuates negative perceptions of older workers.”

Older workers today are empowered to reinvent themselves, thanks to growing acceptance and appreciation of the unique and phenomenal benefits they are able to bring to the workplace. For example, "The work ethic, strong work commitment and higher motivation of older workers are receiving greater attention in strategic workforce planning."

Diversity companies recognize these values that older workers bring with them to the workplace, and other organizations are following suit.

Other advantages that HR professionals recognize in older workers are their greater reliability, dependability and commitment to work than those of millennials.

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Read the full article at Business Insider

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