Personal development

‘We Can All Play A Part In Preventing Age Discrimination At Work’

“We are always the same age inside. ” 
— Gertrude Stein

Today i came across a very interesting article on LinkedIn. The article points out issues on the negative impact of Ageism in the work place.

To begin with, what is Ageism? And who are the main targets?

According to WHO (World Health Organization) Ageism is referred to as the-  “…stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs…”

Further research shows that Age discrimination begins when workers hit their 50’s Elsewhere, reports shows that it can also begin earlier when workers hit their 30’s or 40’s.  Ageism (also known as ‘Gray Ceiling’) is a global problem. According to experts, not only is Ageism hard to spot, it is also difficult to prove it, making it easier for companies to get away with it.

I can’t help but ask- Should performance be really based on age? I don’t think so. In fact, i wonder where the notion that -‘older workers perform poorly on the job than a younger worker’ came from? As a matter of fact, there are many reasons why hiring an older employee is beneficial. Read on ‘Ageism in the Workplace 2018’ (LinkedIn)

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“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” 
— Betty Friedan

 

Shorter Sleep- Shorter Life

Sleep has a powerful effect on on your health

What a society we live in! Yep! Our society is severely sleep deprived. Nowadays it’s common to see people stay up all night to have fun, study or even work. Anxiety and loneliness too, play a major role in lack of sleep. But there are consequences that may come due to going without adequate sleep. Recent studies show that sleep deprivation increases risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s . So what can you do about it? (Source- The Guardian)

Sleep has a powerful effect on Performance

Studies show that lack of sleep lead to increased errors at the work place. Huffington Post Co- founder Arianna Huffington, has been evangelical about the importance and the power of a good night’s sleep and how it can affect your performance. She has even written a book about it.- The Sleep Revolution-Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time  In one of her Ted Talks, she tells about how she learnt the hard way the value of sleep. She explained how she fainted from exhaustion, hit her head on her desk and broke her cheekbone to a point of getting five stitches on her right eye. Here is the Ted Talk-

 

On a separate interview she also shares how sleep can make employees and leaders more Productive ( Source Forbes)

Sleep and Public Safety

How much sleep do we need in order to be alert and be able to function properly? On the road and work site, more studies show that numerous accidents have occurred due to fatigue and  insufficient sleep. In fact, this is also an issue pointed out as a major contributor to medical errors in hospitals. (Source Medical Harvard)

How to Make Yourself Look Like a Millionaire -Infographic 

Invest wisely on your appearance and look like a millionaire- I found this article quite interesting! If you are interested to know how to look like a millionaire (even if you are not) you’ll find this infographic quite informative. Read the original article here: How to Make Yourself Look Like a Millionaire -Infographic (2 min read) | Millionaire’s Digest