Some employers see perks of hiring older applicants; cite experience, dedication, enthusiasm

  • Article by: MATT SEDENSKY , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 13, 2013 - 11:40 PM

Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.

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raleighmamaSep. 14, 13 1:42 AM

I'm 55, and I work with 2 other employees both in their early 20's. Neither of these two people know anything about customer service, because they just don't care. All they want is money. Customers come in on my day off and ask for me, and when they hear it's my day off they walk out and come back when I'm working. Older workers with experience have integrity and maturity that many younger workers lack. Adult workers attract clientele and are good for business.

dalekickSep. 14, 13 6:41 AM

I love to hire older employees, however the medical benefits being so much higher are a financial detriment.

minneg56Sep. 14, 13 6:59 AM

dale- with changes in health care if you have a smaller firm maybe one day these folks will eventually walk in with their own coverage!

gwbuddySep. 14, 13 7:05 AM

My experiences at several local "Fast Food" shops -- McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Arbys, etc. -- have ALWAYS been much better when I've interacted with "Older" workers. They make me feel welcome: A Smile, Eye Contact, Nicely Worded Greeting, etc. Plus, no calculator, or Looking Down, is needed to make $$$ change correctly. Younger workers often seem to give me a discouraging "Frown", and more often than not, need a calculator to figure out my $$$ change. I often have to correct them, and they just shrug while saying, "I Don't Know ... Do I Need To Call My Manager? ...". Very POOR Customer Service! I just hope that "Older" workers manage to get jobs that pay better than "Fast Food". There are many local places that could use their Customer Service expertise!

supervon2Sep. 14, 13 7:29 AM

There are many companies that like 65 and older because the company gets a free ride on health benefits.

lalahemSep. 14, 13 8:17 AM

The technology gap is closing among older workers as well.

totaltruthSep. 14, 13 8:23 AM

The difference is that older workers were brought up in an age where hard work and a good work ethic were appreciated by all.

It seems like many of the younger people today are raised in an age of entitlements, where hard work and a good work ethic are scoffed at.

Older workers tend to earn their pay, and not just go through the motions.

pitythefoolsSep. 14, 13 9:01 AM

Now just try to convince the 30 year old "Manager" of all the benefits of hiring older workers.

stanbobSep. 14, 13 9:15 AM

totaltruth, spot on with that comment!

jd55604Sep. 14, 13 9:48 AM

totaltruth: "The difference is that older workers were brought up in an age where hard work and a good work ethic were appreciated by all."..........Ah yes, the generation that came of age in the 60s and 70s telling me that their work ethic and values are superior to mine. I'm sorry but I remember the folks that grew up during the depression and their work ethic impressed me a lot more than many of yours.


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