by Kathryn Hubbell
There are many reports out there telling older workers that no one wants them, or that they will have a lot of difficulty finding a job. One such report in U.S. News two years ago listed misconceptions about older workers, such as short terms on the job if they planned to retire soon, higher salary expectations and reluctance to report to younger bosses.
Fortunately, a number of articles since than have refuted the myths, advocating why hiring older workers is a very good idea. Brian Solis, an expert in social media public relations and whose work I frequently use in my classes, reminds us that one of the things Baby Boomers bring to the office is a “raw work ethic.” He gives an excellent guide to Millennials navigating the workplace in this article and advocates for mutual respect between the generations.
I teach a lot of older workers, and I’m one myself. Let me weigh in for a moment on some of the great, practical attributes older workers bring to their jobs – and by “older,” I don’t just mean Baby Boomers. I also mean workers aged 35 to 70 or so, encompassing at least a couple of generations.