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Did You Know It Was National Employ Older Workers Week?

Although this is the first time I’ve heard of it, I’m thrilled to learn that the US Department of Labor celebrates mature (>55) workers with an annual  National Employ Older Workers Week.

According to this new Adecco survey, hiring managers are three times more likely to hire a mature worker (60 percent) than a Millennial (20 percent).  “The rise of mature workers in today’s workforce is a direct result of economic and societal factors,” said Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing U.S. “These are individuals who long ago paid their dues, and given their years of experience and work ethic, they make excellent job candidates and strong employees — and the results of this survey show how overwhelmingly appreciated and valued they are by hiring managers. National Employ Older Workers Week is a wonderful time to recognize the contributions these employees make to any organization.”

I don’t know if this is what Joyce Russell had in mind, but here’s how this 55-year -old “mature” worker would like to be  recognized (or not):

  • Don’t call me “Hon” or “Dear” – a phenomenon I’m experiencing since I let my hair go gray.
  • When you’re selling me something, don’t assume that technology is overwhelming for me.  I’ve been working in high tech for 30 years, and I’m kind of up to speed.
  • Don’t interpret my references to prior experiences as evidence of being out of touch – the products and settings may change, but human behavior is pretty constant.
  • Do thank me for my contributions to the business once in a while.  I know what I’m doing, but I still like to hear it.
  • And don’t assume that because I’m older, I’m not interested in new projects, products, or technology.  I am.

OK, now I need to go unplug my Volt.