This BusinessWeek piece is unbelievable. It's titled, "Would We Fire Older Workers If We Could?"
And it's certainly not a joke. Author Liz Ryan asks readers:
We DO love youth culture, here in the U.S. We celebrate fresh thinking and new ideas. Age discrimination claims in employment are on the rise. Are our anti-discrimination laws the only things that are keeping our employers from following the airline's lead and booting the oldest employees? Can new ideas and older talent pools co-exist?
Is she really asking this question? It's as if older folks are in some sort of bubble confined away from the rest of the world, incapable of thinking of fresh ideas. In the "About" part of this section of BusinessWeek, which is titled, "Generational Tension," it says, "Our experts on the millennial workplace, Liz Ryan, David Stillman, and Lynne Lancaster explain how to close the generation gap."
Well I must say, if they're interested in closing that gap, wondering aloud about firing all older employees and implying they have little to offer to the workforce is not going to do it. Rant over.