If you want to be successful you should respect your elders. Apart from simply being the decent thing to do, it also makes a lot of business sense to draw on the experience they’ve acquired over their years in the workforce. Remember that olderpreneurs are increasingly proving their business chops by launching new startups that often survive longer than those spearheaded by millennials. Unfortunately, it seems as if this is a lesson many British employers have yet to learn.
Having surveyed 1,400 workers, CV-Library, the job board, found that 70.8% of British employees say that age discrimination is common in their workplace. Even more discouraging is the fact that this number jumped to 85.3% when only looking at workers between the age of 55 and 64. Additionally, 88.9% of people between 45 and 54 have been discriminated against at work for being too old.
However, it’s not just more senior staff that experienced ageism. For instance, almost a third of professionals have been turned down for a job because of their age, a figure that rose to 65.1% for people under 18 and to 52.5% amongst workers aged between 55 and 64. Of the younger workers who felt discriminated against, nearly half were told they didn’t have enough experience and 35.8% felt that the employer didn’t take them seriously.
Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Sadly, there is clearly still a great amount of discrimination amongst those considered to be ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ to work in certain positions. As a nation, we need to address this issue head on and consider ways in which we can remove these stigmas.” He added: “Younger and older workers are a key part of driving our economy forward and companies should embrace a diverse range of employees in their business.”
Having seen entrepreneurs from all walks of life and of all ages become successful, we can only agree.