Has Age Bias In The Workplace Affected You?
How has age bias in the workplace affected you? I’m hearing from a lot of people about this. “We have a youth culture in this country, where younger is better than older,” says Tom Osborne, senior attorney with the AARP Foundation in Washington, DC. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your job or how much experience you’ve acquired over the years. If you’re rounding the corner toward 50, you’d be smart to start looking for signs of age bias.” OK, so this is a radical reality of our times, but there are many things people can do to manage and impact this. Fight it and fight back! “Perception is reality” right? If you act and appear old and passe, that’s how you will be treated. If you act and appear current, relevant, and fresh, that’s how you will be treated. It’s not so much about age. It’s more about attitude, persona, language, and culture and how you stay in tune with and on top of today’s world. When you use the platforms, play in the playgrounds and speak the current language no one cares how old you are. There are four areas you can cultivate your relevance - where people focus more on you and what you bring rather than how old you are: