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Like Fine Wine, You Get Better With Age

Like Fine Wine, You Get Better With Age

March 19, 2024

Many things are known to improve with age, like wine, cheese, steak, and … employees. Older workers may sometimes get a bad rap in business due to perceptions that “being young’ is the only way to establish a promising career. These outdated stereotypes have led to many myths and misconceptions about older workers, resulting in increased incidences of ageism in the workplace. Older workers truly do have a lot to offer the business world, so debunking the few myths below may be a great first step in changing mindsets.

1: Myth - Older Workers Are Less Physically Active

It is a common misconception that the older you get, the less physically active you become. While it is true that wear and tear on your body increases with age, the older generation is more used to being physically active than the younger generation, many of whom grew up entertained by technology instead of physical activities. Many older workers remain physically active and are able to work labor-intensive jobs. Just as with younger workers, if you take care of yourself when you are younger – and older – you should not experience limitations on your physical activity.1

2: Myth - Older Workers Are Not Tech Savvy

Technology is a staple in most businesses, and staying up-to-date on the latest tech is crucial in many industries. Since older generations did not grow up with computers in the home, social media, or phones that could connect to the internet, it is assumed that they do not have the technology skills that younger workers do. Older workers have spent decades taking in new skills and knowledge, which means that they are likely to adapt to increasing technology well and use it the same as any other worker.2

3: Myth - Older Workers Are Cognitively Declining

There is often a misconception that you will automatically begin to experience a cognitive decline when you get to a certain age. While everyone will experience some degree of mental decline as they get older, the larger impact of it is widely exaggerated. Even older workers who may have minor memory decline still likely have more knowledge than their younger counterparts. Studies have also shown that older workers will experience less of a cognitive decline in their later years when they have stimulating job hobbies that help to keep their minds active and sharp.1

4: Myth - Older Workers Want to Start at the Top

Since older workers have spent many years in the workplace, it is often assumed that they will want to start at the top and not be interested in an entry- or junior-level position in a new career. Older workers know what it is like to work their way up and understand that it is part of the process. They don't expect anything to be handed to them and understand if they need to train and learn before moving to a higher position, which is part of the process.1


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Footnotes:

1 Myth busted: 5 ageism stereotypes that need to be broken, The Ladders, https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/5-super-annoying-ageism-myths-that-need-to-be-debunked

2 Debunking Ageist Myths, LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/debunking-ageist-myths-mary-cooney-phd/