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HC Online | 09 Feb 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Why is age discrimination still happening to such a large extent? Nareen Young writes that although negative stereotypes are still having an impact the time has come to explode myths about older workers.
  • Bernie Althofer | 10 Feb 2012, 09:47 AM Agree 0
    Maybe there a lot of assumptions being made about older workers in that once they reach a certain age, they want to retire and 'do things' that are not work related. Giving people an option to retire at a certain age might appear appealing for some, and some may take advantage without really considering what they still have to offer. For some, the decision to retire might be facilitated when they feel they are not being recognised or acknowledged, and retirement might be seen as a way of saying "I'll show you". It also seems that making the transition to retirement is based on monetary decisions. In some cases, if organisations were to have specialists who could advise on career transitioning e.g. retirement, relocation within the organisation, or even convincing the person to stay on, there may be some benefits for all parties.
    People do build up tremendous knowledge over years of work and it is always a shame to see them take that knowledge and experience with them, and to see it all go to waste (in some cases).
    I believe that it is important to change fundamental attitudes towards age and to stop making assumptions that because a person has reached a certain age, they have nothing more to offer, or they are unwilling to continue participation in the workforce, even if the job involves less financial reward.
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