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Mature age workers: Added extras at no extra cost!

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HC Online | 15 May 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Why is it that when it comes to employing skilled and experienced staff with added skills, knowledge and experience at no extra cost – so many employers baulk? Ron Browne calls for some positive action to reverse the myths around mature age workers.
  • Shane Higgins | 16 May 2012, 10:41 AM Agree 0
    Ron, we totally agree. We have over 17,500 older jobseekers registered looking for work on our job board and the wealth of experience among them is amazing. Smart employers are already understanding the benefits of older workers and don't have to be encouraged to employ them. As the only national job board specifically with age-friendly employers advertising jobs, we know that the numbers of smart employers is growing daily, however it is still a fact that ageism is alive and well in businesses today. They potentially lose fantastic, experienced and loyal employees if they don't consider and attract older workers.
  • Mary M K | 09 Nov 2012, 04:15 PM Agree 0
    You said it!
    Mature-age employees generally tend to be less desperate because they have been there and done that. They bring with them not only professional experience fine-tuned over the years but also valuable life experiences,which it would be a mistake to discount in any circumstance, including the workplace. They are relatively free from the distractions of competitiveness, one-upmanship, etc. which they know are pointless in the long run and are hence able to be more responsible, accountable, honest and dignified in their behviour, demeanour and attitude. These have immeasurable value in inter-personal relations, helping defuse tensions rather than exacerbate them, at the workplace.
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