Age has become many corporations’ concern, and a lot is being written and said about this the last years because the workforce is ageing everywhere at a rapid rate. By 2025, it is expected that 25% of workers in the US and the UK to be over the age of 55. And this is a trend in almost every country. This is mostly a result of baby boomers reaching retirement at a rate faster than millennials can step into their place. On the one hand, we are living longer, and we should celebrate this. On the other hand, young people have fewer children. This means that as the global economy ages, ageism is becoming an important issue. This is why putting the terms “longevity” and “ageing well” into corporations wellbeing policies is essential.
Moreover, the feeling of getting older should not bring fear, denial, stress. Ageism shouldn’t divide us, on the contrary, it should bring older and younger closer together to create the new world of tomorrow in its globality.
Ageism is not invincible, and we see that attitude towards age is starting to gently evolve by changing the stereotypes that we have on ageing.
Thankfully, affirmations such as “Young people are just smarter” (Mark Zuckerberg) are being disputed.
Today, both science and general improvement of lifestyle advocates for healthy ageing.
Indeed, from the older population, this also signifies to face the signs of age with wisdom and acceptance while keeping confidence levels high and embracing natural techniques and tips in order not to let brain and body alter significantly while years go by. In parallel, the younger population tend to accept the wisdom, security and inspiration senses older people can bring in a working community.
Putting forward to your corporations this approach and new way of thinking about age discrimination will give an innovative and engaging spirit throughout your workforce.
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