The following are the reasons most often used when discussing the unsuitability of older candidates:
§ Older employees have a very definite way of thinking and are less inclined to welcome change. They rarely stray from their preconceived notions and are less flexible than a younger employee.
§ Older employees are less ambitious in direct contrast to younger employees who are hungrier, more enthusiastic and far more ambitious.
§ Older employees command higher salaries due to their experience where younger employees with superior qualifications can be hired and molded to the company’s requirements.
§ Older employees are less inclined toward flexibility due to outside commitments where younger employers have less demands on their time and are more willing to work late nights and weekends.
§ Older employees are less up to date technologically than younger employees.
As you can clearly see not only are many of these arguments unjustified they are also biased against older employers or as we know it, ageist.
These assumptions clearly ignore many of the pluses for hiring an older employee. The reality is that a mix of employees both older and younger clearly enhance a workplace and compliment the others skills and experience creating a work environment that reflects youth and experience, wisdom and energy among many other factors.
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