Type of Content: News

Subtype: Newspaper or Magazine Article

Resource Title: Wiser with Age: Capitalizing on the Skills of Older Workers

Publication Title: WorldatWork

Publish Date: February 2019

How does workplace ageism manifest itself? For about one-quarter of those surveyed by AARP, it meant hearing negative remarks related to their age from a colleague or supervisor; 16% cited not getting hired for a job they applied for because of their age; another 12% mentioned being passed up for a promotion or another chance to get ahead due to their age.

According to Michael North, assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, a “perfect storm” of factors have resulted in the growing trend of workplace ageism. For one thing, a rapidly aging population and significantly delayed rates of retirement have produced the oldest workforce in U.S. history.

“The workplace has not traditionally accommodated older workers, so employers don’t know what to do when workers stick around longer than perhaps was initially planned,” North said.

Wiser with Age: Capitalizing on the Skills of Older Workers