Many employers believe, whether they admit it or not, that employee performance declines with age. Many employers in fact state we are looking for new blood, fresh blood, better spirit (finally got over the blood thing!), yet this doesn’t necessarily mean older employees are worse. In fact, the hiring decision ” to choose the young employee over the old one” should be taken according to the following facts about the older workforce:
- Older employees bring to the job more experience, strong work ethics, judgment and commitment to quality. With age comes experience!
- The older an employee gets, the less likely that he/she quits the job since there will only be few alternatives, leading to lower turnover rates. An older employee most likely has a family, he cannot risk moving away from a job, he is also tired of moving and is more likely to stay settled down.
- Studies have shown that in terms of absenteeism, older employees have low rates of avoidable absence
- Job satisfaction is higher for the older as they are more experienced and more professional..Again the age experience.
- Older workers are more likely to comply with safety rules..They are simply not reckless as younger ones!
Meanwhile, the drawbacks of hiring an older candidate include:
- Resistance to change in terms of new technologies and theories. This has been proven all over, older employees prefer to keep doing the same thing they are used to. They are simply reluctant to apply new methodologies, yet even with young employees we at times find this reluctance.
- High rates of unavoidable absenteeism, probably due to sickness that cannot be avoided.
- Not easily motivated as they are just doing the job they have been doing for so long, or some might have lost hope in advancing in their careers.
After laying out these 2 alternative pros and cons, we jump to state that major studies have shown that there is no real relation between age and job performance. Age was also generally unrelated to creativity (check out more about this under our article You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!). The decision of on boarding an employee should be more related to the ” ability- job fit ” between the young and the old job applicants, rather than focusing on stereotypes. It just simply makes more sense to hire a younger beach life guard than an older one, due to the superior Â physical abilities that the younger posses, right?
So our judgement here .. Fiction! What do you think?
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