With an ageing population and the need for us all to work beyond the traditional retirement age, the issue of equal employment opportunities for older workers still needs to be addressed.
Legislation is in place to address age discrimination both for employed individuals and those seeking employment, but seems attitudes towards employing older workers still need to catch up.
One theory following research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in the US is that although recognising the value older workers can bring to the workplace, ‘younger’ managers are uncertain as to how to manage ‘older’ employees, and are more comfortable managing younger people. This obviously highlights an interesting training need, but also presents a question as to how older workers feel about being managed by a ‘younger’ boss, and what advice they would like to offer in terms of what approach should be taken to address this.
As it is a situation which is likely to become more prevalent it is a scenario which needs to be addressed. Have you experienced being managed by someone far younger than yourself? If so, do you have any thoughts on this topic ?
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