Transcript: Episode 183 – JoyPowered® Networking
December 4, 2023
Transcript: Episode 184 – Ageism in the Workplace
December 18, 2023

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One in four of America’s workers today are age 55 or older, but we still see ageism (discrimination, poor treatment, or disrespect against older people) in the workplace. Workers over the age of 50 are unemployed three times as long as younger workers, and more than 40% of workers over the age of 40 say they’ve experienced age discrimination at work within the last three years.

Ageism is not always overt; many times, it’s jokes about people’s age or their status or beliefs based on their age. Older workers are protected at the federal level through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This law protects people who are 40 and older from discrimination in any aspect of work. Some states, municipalities, and cities may have laws that are stricter than the federal law; if the laws conflict, you should follow the federal law, but if they don’t conflict, follow the more strict of the two.

In the hiring process, hiring managers and search teams should be prepared to vet candidates properly without considering their age. And the culture should be set in a way that employees will hold themselves and each other accountable for inappropriate comments or jokes toward workers based on their age (whether they are young or old). Let employees be in charge of their own opportunities, and don’t make decisions for them based on assumptions you make about their age, situation, or circumstances. Finally, develop and grow your people to understand the value and gifts of every generation in the workplace.

In this episode’s listener mail, a Millennial-Zoomer cusp team lead asks about dealing with a Boomer who was put on their team due to their lack of productivity on their last team. Our listener perceives this individual as just wanting an easy job until they retire. In the news, 39% of US workers haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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