Older workers a resource–and a challenge

Sadly, many younger people who don’t have a good relationship with at least one older person who has a lively intellect, who’s current with technology and who is always–just like them–learning something new, are prejudiced against hiring older workers. Listen to this:

“The first of the nation’s 76 million baby boomers will turn 60 next year. By 2010, nearly one in every three workers will be at least 50, and the pool of replacement workers won’t be large enough to fill their shoes when they retire, according to AARP.”

Could be that those younger managers may have to develop new ways of dealing with older workers–who have not only substantial knowledge and the wisdom of experience, but may also have a hard time taking orders from a younger person.

The AARP has stepped up with a plan, and a number of companies (including a few job placement agencies) have said yes, they will consider 50+ workers. AARP has signed them on to its new website designed specifically to link older workers with jobs. Word is that a number of companies applied but were turned down–no indication of why was given–but AARP plans to add more very quickly.

Most interesting point: Home Depot is a popular spot for older workers because it gives health benefits even to part-time people. I’ve always wondered why so many of the staff at Home Depot seemed so nice and friendly. That’s a first-class way to treat people, Home Depot, older, part-time, green-colored or whatever.

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