Living in a youth-centric society means that you could be depriving your company of the wisdom and insight of older workers. Here are some ideas to help you buckle this trend and combat ageism in the workplace.
3 Ideas to Combat Ageism in the Workplace
Be Open to a Broad Range of Ages
In your job postings, make sure to include a wide range of ages whenever possible. You may even consider making this openness part of your employer branding. By embracing candidates of different ages, you will create a richer, more stimulating environment. In fact, research suggests that workers of all ages report higher levels of satisfaction when working in multi-age teams.
Consider Reverse Mentoring
Reverse mentoring is a new concept that Microsoft has applied with success. In this type of coaching, a young employee coaches an older colleague about new technologies and trends. Conversely, the older colleague provides insight and advice distilled from years of experience. This way your company gets to benefit from the unique insight of young employees combined with the experience of more senior colleagues.
Build a Stereotype-Free Workplace Culture
Stereotypes stifle the creativity of your team and limit what your organization can achieve. Avoid pigeon-holing members of your team and steer clear of blanket statements such as “Millennials are too sensitive,” or “People over 50 just don’t get technology.” Give your employees the freedom to be what they want to be regardless of origin, gender, or age and the results will amaze you.
More Tips and Ideas
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