It’s unbelievable to me that Ageism has become such a big thing. What kind of crazy concept is this? Today, when you gain a level of experience to qualify you as an expert, whereby others should appreciate what you’ve done and you should be teaching and mentoring the younger folks in your industry, now your get label you as overqualified, unqualified or unfit to work.
Don’t think it’s a big deal? Think Again. This just in: Three in five workers over 45 have experienced age discrimination at work, AARP The Magazine reports older people struggle to get work in the new corporate world.
After all, more than a third of the workforce (almost 35%) will be 50-plus by 2022, and Americans ages 65 and older are expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the workforce through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And yet, three in five older employees have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, according to an AARP The Magazine report released this week.
How about this for reality check: One in four have heard negative comments about their age from a boss or coworker, and 12% suspected they were passed up for a promotion or another chance of getting ahead due to their age.
Still don’t think it’s a big deal?
In the same survey, 44%) of those looking for work recently said that they were asked for their birth date or other age-related information — which is illegal…
See we all get older, don’t we? Is this what we want to look forward to?
What will you do when Ageism comes for you? Food for thought.
Singh is a leading consultant in the field of workforce development and talent acquisition strategy and has been a trusted adviser to over one hundred companies. He is a graduate of OSU, NJIT and NYU. Connect with Vinay: https://bit.ly/2mR2nHv
Singh currently has two books in process and is a frequent contributor to linkedin.com and medium.com. He also promotes workforce prosperity through the closed Facebook community Rising Middle Class – Workforce Prosperity group.
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