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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Beyond Ageism: Discovering Untapped Potential

During the early 1800s, brine wells were dug to produce needed salt. Sometimes these wells also produced some oil, an unwanted byproduct.  Imagine sitting on such a valuable resource and not recognizing the potential of what you had. Viewing Older Workers through the Lens of Ageism Research suggests that some employers view older workers as though they were unwanted byproducts when running a business. To a degree, it is certainly understandable that employers don’t always recognize the value that older workers can bring to the workplace. Certainly, older workers often look and think a bit differently. And of course, some…

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Closing the Generation Gap Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

As a professional in my thirties, I didn't want someone my mother's age tagging along with me. Yet that was exactly what happened. It was also one of the best things that happened at the time. Before establishing a career in higher education, I spent a few years in the insurance industry as a senior marketing consultant. My responsibilities involved serving and retaining larger business accounts. At the time, I had a lot of confidence in myself. I believed I could pick up new information quickly. I could also communicate complex information in a way others could understand—certainly a plus…

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Two Boomer Workplace Challenges That Employers Can Turn Into Opportunities

A huge demographic shift is underway, and it is already affecting the workplace. Baby boomers in the U.S. are reaching full retirement age at a rate of 10,000 per day. Without preparation, a mass exit could create lost expertise and organizational knowledge. Yet not all boomers are eying the exit door. According to research conducted in 2014 by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 65% of boomers were at least planning to work beyond age 65. Delayed Retirement a Concern Results from a 2018 Willis Towers Watson Survey found that nearly half of the employers involved in their study were concerned…

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