COVID-19 Precautions for Older Workers

You may think you have read or heard all you ever want to know about COVID-19. However, if you are still in the workplace, you will likely find this guest post informative and practical.   What Could Happen with You or Your Job If You or a Member of Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19? By Patrick Bailey The COVID-19 pandemic has turned just about everyone's lives upside down. The way that we live has changed dramatically since the epidemic began. Rather than spending the summer hosting barbecues, attending concerts, and going to other events, people are staying home. Certain…

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Older Workers Have a Lot to Offer Employers

In an article for Money Crashers online, Michael Lewis writes, “Over the next decade, 43% of America’s workforce will reach age 65 and be eligible for retirement…Collectively, they represent an enormous bank of intellectual and institutional knowledge gained over a half-century of technical advancement.”Lewis goes on to suggest that this large, already trained group could represent a “pool of potential future employees available to American businesses.” Without question, older workers have a lot to offer employers.Of course, the ‘elephant’ in the room and the biggest roadblock for taking advantage of such vast human resources is age discrimination. Various studies have…

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Workplace Age-Discrimination and Gender

Last month I discussed some of the financial considerations women are more likely than men to face as they age. This month, we’ll be looking at a related topic: Age-discrimination and gender in the workplace.Workplace Age Discrimination and GenderIn spite of laws such as the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) that had been passed in 1967, age discrimination continues to be an ongoing problem in the workplace. AARP conducted a survey in 2018 and found that nearly two out of three workers over 45 had observed or experienced age discrimination in the workplace (seventy-two percent (72%) of female respondents and…

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Many Older Workers Are Not Prepared for Retirement

It is no secret that about 10,000 baby boomers are reaching full retirement age every day. However, that doesn’t mean that boomers are going to be rushing for the exit as soon as many employers might hope. Citing the Labor Force Participation Rate, the New York Post reported in 2018 that nearly 20% of Americans 65 and over were still working. The reality is that many boomers simply are not prepared to finance what could end up being decades in retirement. The Social Security Administration is now projecting that as many as one in three adults who reach 65 will…

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Older Employees Also Need to Feel Appreciated

During the late 1990s, I was an educational researcher. I had a manager, Roy, who inspired us by showing genuine appreciation for the contributions we all made to our organization. I’ll never forget the time he sent ‘thank you’ emails to each of us when he took a business trip. He just wanted us to know that he appreciated our work and mentioned specific ways that every person on his team made valuable contributions to our program. I think most all of us would have followed that man anywhere. Each of us felt valued and truly appreciated. The Value of…

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Many Employers Are Reinforcing Ageism by Ignoring It

  Ageism is part of our cultural fabric – it is deeply woven into our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Ageism refers to stereotyping and discriminating against people and groups based on age. Yet many employers are reinforcing ageism by ignoring it. Ageism is Prevalent in Most Workplaces  Research, according to The World Health Organization, “suggests that ageism may now be even more pervasive than sexism and racism.” If you’re a woman or person of color, that’s like double or triple jeopardy. Unfortunately, many workplaces are not addressing this serious problem. This is a risky practice.   According to an AARP…

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