There are many misconceptions about employing older workers. Take a look at the below evidence from research and actual commercial experience that dispel some of these.
|MYTH: Older people staying in work takes job opportunities away from young people.|
We have a shortfall in the number of young people available to fill vacancies in the coming generation, so older workers are the future.
|MYTH: Older workers just can’t work as well as younger members of the team.|
Research from the Health and Safety Executive has shown older employees can still contribute based on their acquired knowledge and skills.
There is also evidence that cognitive performance does not generally show any marked decrease until after the age of 70, while older employees can still contribute based on their physical ability, especially if they regularly exercise.
|MYTH: There is no point in hiring older workers as they will retire quickly, before they have contributed to the business or developed their skills.|
Older workers often stay for longer in a post than their younger colleagues.
|MYTH: Older workers aren’t interested in developing their skills or learning new ones.|
|FACT: Many older workers are just as keen to develop their skills as their younger colleagues. Often, however, their training needs can be overlooked.|
|MYTH: Older workers will miss a lot of work because of ill health or disability.|
Like workers of any age, some older people have a long-term disability or illness, but effective management can ensure they can be effective in work - for example, small physical adjustments or flexible working arrangements.
|MYTH: Older workers struggle with technology.|
As with all skills and age groups, appropriate training will bridge skills gaps.