Is there age discrimination at your company? Here's how businesses can institute new polices requiring all employees to participate in fun and informative workshops to overcome ageist assumptions about younger workers or seniors. Get rid of prejudices and limiting beliefs that prevent camaraderie, productivity, and profits. It works!
An AARP article stated facts about seniors in the workplace:
Age discrimination happens in mainly four areas of the workplace:
Most of the reasons seniors are laid off are economical:
What can be done to bridge generation gaps and overcome faulty assumptions so wisdom and age can be compatible with enthusiasm and youth?
Require communication skills training and diversity workshops for all employees to overcome misunderstandings, prejudice, and discrimination based on age, race, or gender. Developing empathy and compassion, understanding what someone else is going through, being a good listener, and practicing active listening skills, as formulated by a legendary psychologist, Dr. Carl Rogers, are the keys to a happy, safe workplace, where all members -- no matter their age, race or gender -- have respect, education, opportunities, advancement, and training.
Look at some of the most successful companies in America and you will find the 3 C’s -- camaraderie, cooperation, and collaboration. Institute these values at your company and see the 3 P’s pop up -- productivity, performance, and profit.
Dr. Linnda Durré, Licensed Psychotherapist, is an expert witness, psychotherapist, family counselor, intern supervisor, international speaker, author, business consultant, adjunct college professor, and a magazine, Internet, and newspaper columnist. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and small businesses. With over 44 years of experience, she consults to attorneys and has been qualified as an expert witness in six (6) states - Florida, California, Arkansas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Washington - in the areas of, Personal Injury, PTSD, Family and Couples Counseling, Divorce, Child Custody, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Relocation, and Sexual Abuse by Therapists. Her 400-page doctoral dissertation and research in the latter area was cited to pass legislation in several states.
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