Is being “mature” like cheese and wine?
For many people sadly this is not the case and the last couple of weeks brought me in contact with an “age old” problem of… age in our businesses.
Depending on what government department you talk to, mature age (old) can be defined as being over 50, 55, or 60.
It has always bothered me that there is such a variance and why can’t there be one agreed age?
Speaking to both employers and employees there is always 2 sides to every story of who you employ who to be part of your team.
Different industries need different skills we all know that but what about different age groups?
It is important to keep a balance of age groups as each group brings a skill set and mindset that reflects your customers/clients and brings an all-round balance of ideas and wisdom to your business.
This “age thing” must still be a problem as the Australian Human Rights Commission has brought out this great new video that has touches of the Old Spice ads that went viral a couple of years ago.
Check it out here at http://www.powerofoldness.com/
What makes me sad though is that we need to produce videos like this in the first place.
One friend told me how the business she managed was bought out and the new company didn’t seem to want anyone over the age of 27. What industry was this?
The funeral industry.
Really?? That does not even make any sense!
Dealing with a young person in the funeral industry can only mean their experience can be very limited compared to an “older” person.
(See I may be being ageist myself with that comment however having met many of our local funeral home managers over the years, it also needs a range of ages).
Another older person works for an young Executive Officer who routinely replaces any “older workers” with very young ones as the EO has a challenge with people whose skills sets are better than her own.
Some industries think they want younger people, some older people however for most businesses the mixture of both is the right balance.
Someone in the hospitality industry was saying he likes having a mixture of both groups.
The younger ones bring fun and energy, the mature ones have a strong work ethic and keep the younger ones in line and on the straight and narrow.
They employ a lot of uni students and the combination works really well.
Do you employ a mixture of age groups in your business?
Is there an industry that should only be hiring one particular age group?