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