Companies Pledge to Recognize Value of Older Workers

Good news for older workers. Google, AT&T and MetLife are among some 250 employers that signed a pledge recently to recognize the value of experienced workers and vowed to consider hiring older applicants when job openings arise. It’s not a moment too soon for companies to make a commitment to look at older job applicants. Since the recession hit and jobs were hard to come by, many older job seekers say they believe that age discrimination made it more difficult for …

Older Job Seekers Fear Being Seen as Overqualified

Snagging a job interview is a good thing, right? Well, yes, and for most people, it’s about as nerve-wracking as delivering a speech to a packed audience. A new poll finds that a job interview is a stressful ordeal for most of the 1,002 working adults surveyed. Having the jitters, of course, was a common complaint. For older workers, there was something else to worry about:  one in five people ages 54 to 65 say they worry that they’ll be considered …

Young vs. Old: Which Workers Are More Consistent?

Having a bad day at work? If you are, you’re probably in your 20s, says a new German study that finds that workers age 65-plus are cognitively more consistent, reliable and productive than workers much younger. The researchers, from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, wanted to see if there really were “good” and “bad” days in terms of cognitive performance on the job, and whether age made a difference, according to the study published last month …

Why Older Workers Can’t Get a Break

For older job seekers who couldn’t catch a break in recent years, there’s new research that may not come as much of a surprise. During tough economic times, age discrimination laws aren’t likely to help if you didn’t get a job because of mistaken beliefs about older employees, a new study finds. Researchers examined how older employees fared during and after the recession in states that had the toughest age discrimination laws – stronger, even, than federal law. It turns out that …

Older Workers More Productive (As If You Didn’t Know)

Hiring managers who think that older workers are less productive than younger employees, wake up and read this. New research found that workers between the ages of 60 and 74 were actually more productive on average than their younger counterparts. Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, used funding from the Social Security Administration to examine whether an aging workforce has dragged down worker productivity over the past 25 years. Contrary to what many employers may believe, “the …

Men Gain, Women Pained, in Latest Jobs Report

Hiring was robust in June but only some older workers benefited from that action, according to the jobs report that came out last Friday. Men 55 and older saw their unemployment rate dip to 5.5 percent – down from 5.8 percent in May and 6.6 percent at this time last year. The situation was reversed for older women. Their unemployment rate soared from 4.3 percent in May to 5.4 percent in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, their figures were …