Huckleby wrote:I get what you're saying about young people being more adaptable, and I would also add energetic. I worked in an industry dominated by young people, but I don't think that is representative of the work world as a whole. I have a different judgement of what is going on.
People over 50 tend to be more loyal and stable, many have a long habit of work ethic. I'm not buying into the 25-year-old being a better long term investment, people change jobs frequently now and companies are looking at 3-year window at most.
My opinion that health care is the primary barrier to older employment is perception, it is hard to know exactly what causes age descrimination. I know if I ran a small business, I would not even consider hiring anybody over 50 if it caused increase in my overall health insurance rates.
As you seem quite comfortable bringing in anonymous appeals to authority, I'll introduce you to mine...
My mother was a nationally-respected, long-term care health professional; she retired in March. her last position was as Executive Administrator over a group of 15 nursing homes. She was ultimately responsible for all hiring and firing. Each location has less than 120 employees, so these are 15 small businesses, and decisions were made as if they were all independent businesses. Inspired by our exchange, I talked to her about this yesterday.
In short: pregnancy and child-care costs and issues of younger employees are far more concerning than any health concern of older adults, but either way insurance cost is NEVER... N-E-V-E-R part of the calculation. To her, the suggestion was literally laughable.
Furthermore, in concurrence with my personal experience, her biggest concern about hiring older employees was boiled down to this attitude often displayed by older new-hires: "well, when I was at such and such company, we did it this way..." First, it's difficult to attend to what's here
when your point of reference is always over there
. Second, it's a leading cause of demoralization and dissent among other employees.