Tag: Older Workers

The Return of Older Workers

While the Great Resignation was originally blamed by many on lazy younger workers happy to sit back and collect COVID relief checks, further data showed that much of the labor shortage was due to older workers retiring early in large numbers. Many found that their skyrocketing home values and soaring stock prices in their 401(k)s […]

Older Workers Leading COVID-Era Jobs Exodus

The labor shortage employers are currently facing is obvious to anyone who’s recently eaten out at a restaurant or visited a retail store. Slow service, “help wanted” signs, and even businesses that are temporarily closed due to a lack of staff are increasingly common sights.

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Is it Against the Law to Target Job Ads at Younger Workers?

One of the primary functions of a Human Resources department is to be aware of and ensure compliance with a wide range of laws and regulations involving workplace conduct, such as sexual harassment and various forms of discrimination.

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Companies are Trying to Retain Older Workers

It wasn’t so long ago that older workers feared—and not without cause—losing their jobs to younger competition. The thought was that younger, energetic talent having just acquired the most up-to-date education would force out older colleagues who were making more money due to their seniority but who were likely to be less productive than the […]

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Dangers of Bias in AI Recruiting Tools

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a number of applications in many industries. While some fear that AI has the potential to one day cost them their jobs by either making them obsolete or by literally taking over the tasks of the job, many people are unaware that AI may play a key role in getting them a job.

Age Bias—It's Easy to Step into a Discrimination Claim

In an article for ProPublica by Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin, the authors use IBM as a case study for the dangers of organizations leaving themselves open to claims of age discrimination. IBM was one of the original “tech” companies—so original that it seems old school compared with names like Facebook, Amazon, and even Microsoft.

Training Older Employees Part II: Training Tips

Many employers and employee development professionals have a bit of a bias toward focusing training efforts on younger employees—at the expense of older workers. In yesterday’s post, we discussed a few reasons why this may be a big mistake:

Training Older Workers Part I—Why They're Worth Your Investment

With so much talk about the ascent of Millennials and Generation Z in the workplace, it can be easy to overlook the potential inherent in a company’s older workers. That includes not just Generation X (sorry, Gen Xers, but some of you are getting into your 50s) and Baby Boomers but even the Silent Generation, […]

Don’t leave older workers out of retention plans

Employers nowadays may feel bombarded with advice on how to retain millennial employees. Those younger workers have the reputation of moving from job to job, so employers wanting to get the most from the investment they make in their youngest employees put a lot of energy into encouraging them to stay. But what about older […]

The perils of firing an older, long-tenured worker

by Jonathan C. Sterling Q We have an employee over age 65 who has been a manager for over 40 years and has excellent evaluations in his file. Recently we have learned that his department is possibly committing fraud in their documentation of paperwork. He doesn’t abide by company policy, doesn’t meet deadlines, and has […]