Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Paper Establishes Index for Age Bias in the Workplace

RetirementJobs.com, a web destination for people aged 50 plus, has published a research paper based on results from the company's ongoing online survey of mindsets and practices of employers and 50 plus workers related to real and perceived age-bias. According to "Age Bias in the American Workplace: A "Fact of Life" Enters Its Own Phased Retirement", employers are three times more likely (36%) to report that "age bias is declining" compared to only 12% of workers, while 96% of workers believe age bias to be a problem, a smaller number, 77% of workers "actually have experienced or observed" workplace age bias, and only 17% of employers are believed to be making "a conscious effort to attract workers 50 and over."
"Workplace age bias is undergoing its own phased retirement," says Tim Driver, CEO of RetirementJobs.com. "Older employees are electing to work longer than planned. Employers, meanwhile, increasingly understand the merits of retaining and hiring workers that connect with customers, are dedicated, turn over less often (than younger employees), and hold valuable lessons learned from their prior careers." The report cautions that a symbiotic worker/employer relationship is "vital in healthcare, retail, customer services, sales, financial services, the crafts and trades, engineering, skilled manufacturing, the sciences, education and in government. These areas are already experiencing a shortage of workers while also facing large numbers of retirements in the next several years."
In its paper, RetirementJobs.com has established the an Age Bias Index to serve as a barometer by which developments in the status and perceptions of age bias among employers, employees, and the general population may be measured.

Publication of the paper also coincides with RetirementJobs.com's clarion "call to action" to confront and reduce workplace age bias.

Source: Retirementjobs.com Press Release (January 23, 2007)

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