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Fight Ageism At Work

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Are you an ageist employer? You may be if you tend to hire only young people, or start showing employees the door once they hit their late 40's. …

Are you an ageist employer? You may be if you tend to hire only young people, or start showing employees the door once they hit their late 40's.

Keep your workplace inclusive by being alert for ageist bias. Here are some ways to prevent being an anti-Boomer.

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  • 1. Employer & Recruiter Tip
    FIGHT AGEISM
    IN
    YOUR
    WORKPLACE
    By Barbara
    Jaworski
  • 2. .
    1
    WHAT
    IS
    AGEISM?
  • 3. 1. WHAT IS AGEISM?
    • Ageism exists in the workplace when employees over 50 are passed over for promotions, career opportunities and training; and where social committees and workplace lunch ‘n’ learns focus their attention on the needs and wants of younger workers
    • 4. It’s obvious when an employee, having marked his or her 25-year milestone at the company, suddenly starts having their work criticized by their boss or is told that their skills no longer match the job
    • 5. It’s not uncommon to see older employees who are suddenly assigned work well below their positions to nudge them toward the door, or to see hiring practices skew toward younger applicants
    • 6. Ageism is a subtle though illegal practice
  • .
    2
    HOW TO
    DECREASE AGEISM
    IN YOUR WORKPLACE
  • 7. 2.1 WHERE TO BEGIN
    Organizations that sincerely want all their employees to reach their full potential and have high commitment, retention and productivity levels need to create an equitable workplace where workers of any age feel valued and respected. 
    So where to begin?  
    • The public profile. It begins with simple things like the website – ensuring that photos of employees not only demonstrate racial diversity but generational diversity as well. Recruiters need to be careful of hidden biases and ensure the language used in job postings contain no hidden codes to exclude any group. And use a type-size that readers over age 40 can read without squinting
  • 2.2 TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, AND
    MANAGER TRAINING
    Training and Development
    Boomers will leave if they feel shut out of training opportunities or advancement. T&D opportunities need to be communicated to all employees and seen as being fair to all ages and all levels. Training strategies should also focus on debunking generational stereotypes and promoting inclusivity   
    Manager Training 
    Managers often inadvertently display biases. For example, they may request younger workers as hires, seeing them as more likely to stay (false: younger workers job hop quite a bit), less likely to get hurt (false: older workers’ experience prevents them from putting themselves in risky situations) and more malleable (maybe: though perhaps “naïve and inexperienced” are more appropriate words). Therefore, managers need training to help eradicate such biases
  • 8. 2.3 PROMOTIONS, NEW HIRES AND
    WORKPLACE PROGRAMS
    Promotions And New Hires
    Organizations have to demonstrate their commitment to an age-inclusive workplace by promoting the most qualified and most capable candidates – whether those candidates are 35 or 65. Employees have to see that the best and brightest are being hired – regardless of age  
    Workplace Programs
    Workplace activities must be seen as inclusive. A company family picnic, mentoring programs and lunch ‘n’ learns on juggling parenting and career are great – for the under 40s. Consider adding things of interest to older workers into the mix – retirement planning, elder care and networking meet and greets
  • 9. more on this topic:
    Ageism in the Workplace
    more Employer/Recruiter/HR advice:
    http://hiring.monster.ca/hr/hr-best-practices.aspx
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