Age discrimination is something that many workplaces are having to deal with now as people live longer and want to work well past retirement. There is also another reason why people are working longer. Part of it has to do with good health as well as boredom. Working gives older people something to do other than sit around and watch television. There is also the pressing fact that with the economy the way it is, many people are being forced out of their retirement and back into the workforce. However, this older generation of people aren’t necessarily being met by employers with open arms.
There are many benefits to hiring older people to work for a company. However, this is often overshadowed because employers focus too much on age. There are few employers who admit to it, but studies have shown that an employer who is hiring an employee wants the employee to be around for a long time. Additionally, they want the employee to work quickly and efficiently to get the job done so as to maximize the amount of profit that the employer can make. All of this being said, employers are often reluctant to hire older employees (despite the fact that they may have far more experience and knowledge about the job) simply based on the fact that they may not work as fast as an employee who is half their age. Additionally, an employee who is in their 30s has a much higher chance of sticking around longer versus someone else who is well into their 60s or 70s.
While employers are not supposed to discriminate using age as a factor, the overwhelming majority of Americans agree that age discrimination is still very much a problem. There are many older Americans who don’t even care so much about the money earned from the position as much as they do the experience and having something to do. You’ll often see older employees at the supermarket bagging groceries or sweeping the aisles. There are also plenty of older employees who work at libraries or museums. Just because you are growing older doesn’t mean that you have to stop working. Many American business are struggling to keep employees because the younger employees don’t want to work for a lower wage when they know that there are higher wages to be had. Older employees provide a viable option for employers in this regard. Statistically, older employees do a much more thorough job, arrive to work on time and are more pleasant to patrons.
Hiring older employees is something that employers should strongly consider. As the workforce grows older, companies are increasing the amount of time that they spend on analyzing the talent that they have or need to have in order to carry out various business goals. There are some who feel that mandatory retirement is not only necessary but should be a requirement across the boards. Part of this sentiment stems from the fact that the world is continuing to grow and produce more and more people who need jobs. However, many employers are being faced with an issue where younger employees don’t want to work for less. This is where age discrimination comes in. As a country, we need to address the issue of hiring older Americans.