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To Hire Workers 50+ First Address Current Workplace Age Bias

December 16, 2021

Workplace Celebrationby Michael Yublosky

Sheila Callaham penned an interesting article on Forbes late last month. It addresses the topic of ageism against older workers in companies. She scolds the media for ignoring the problem.

According to Callaham that problem is “workplace age bias and discrimination and the plethora of myths, assumptions and stereotypes that drive them”. Sheila writes that the problem is global.

The U.S. Congress does have two pending pieces of legislation to address the issue. But who knows whether that will ever reach fruition considering the way major legislation currently gets sidetracked and embroiled in politics and private agendas. Especially when it supports the rights of the ‘little person’ versus the business community.

Question: How many times have I written about these same issues prior?

The piece begins by pointing out that Fast Company recently suggested three things workers 40+ need to do to stay relevant. Callahan does not list them in her article. However, I did track down a 2020 article from the company which addresses the topic. I will review for possible future comment here.

Steps To Address Workplace Ageism

Sheila but goes on to offer an action list companies and organizations can make to address ageism and support age-related equality in the workplace. They include:

  • Recognizing that age bias exists, its ramifications and challenging that very bias attitude,
  • Auditing both external and internal age policies
  • Avoid using ‘generational labels’, language and image inequalities, etc.
  • Transparency in reporting age-based demographic
  • Doing surveys, training employees and more

Callaham sums up by discussing how the pandemic has altered the ‘normal’ workplace in a brief matter of time. At xBound we know how it has affected senior adult workers 50+ most negatively.

However, she points out that workers staying relevant is just the tip of the iceberg for senior adult workers or anyone. Leaders must ensure that “ their organizations remain relevant. And that means understanding how to attract, develop and retain a diverse, all-aged workplace.”

Read the entire article: “Workplace Ageism Requires Leadership Action: 10 Steps To Proactively Address The Problem”.

Michael Yublosky
Michael Yublosky is truly an xBound success story. Yublosky specializes in LinkedIn and internet marketing and works on a part-time basis to stay current and relevant. He helps senior adults and small businesses establish their unique brand, identify target markets and keywords, differentiate themselves and develop professional strategies and tactics to engage with prospective employers or clients. He also teaches senior adults how to enhance their technology and computer skills to better adapt to current demands. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
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