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Wednesday 22 August 2012

Older workers 'are highly valued'

Older people can prove to be extremely effective workers who offer a different dimension to younger members of staff, it has been pointed out.

Dr Dianne Bown-Wilson, chief executive of In My Prime, said that on a practical level there is no reason why older people cannot perform as well, or better, than younger individuals.

"In many organisations, particularly smaller businesses, older people often are highly valued as employees and encouraged to work for as long as they want. However, there continue to be many reasons why younger people may be chosen or preferred when recruiting new staff," she explained.

These include a company's brand image and customer base, for example if they are a youth-focused organisation, as well as the age of the existing workforce or team, and also the age of the person who is doing the recruiting or will be managing the person appointed.

"Cost may also be a factor if older, more experienced people are perceived as more expensive," Ms Bown-Wilson added.

Also, it may be the case that the specific role in question, particularly if it is a physically-demanding job, may be thought to be more suitable for a younger person, she noted.

Nevertheless, companies who do decide to employ older people will not be disappointed with the results, when their experience and knowledge is factored in, the expert concluded.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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