Staying Vital, Part 1: Don't be the office dinosaur

  • Article by: Jeff Strickler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2013 - 1:55 PM

The unprecedented technology-driven evolution of the workplace can leave older workers feeling obsolete. Here's how to stave off extinction.

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jarlmnOct. 26, 13 4:40 PM

Bah! Even IF you are on top of technology and trends, younger workers automatically assume you are a dinosaur! And good luck finding a job when the fresh-out-of college HR minions keep blithely tossing your resume because of their assumption that someone your age *couldn't possibly* be on top of his field. Despite this article's recommendations, it may be all for naught. Age discrimination is epidemic in the workplace.

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barbjensOct. 27, 13 6:59 AM

Which is one of the reasons I never told or let anyone know my age when I was working. I did not want them to think I was too old to learn. I looked younger than my age and when I was 65 and turned down a "birthday party", one of the partners called me into his office and told me "I had NO idea you were that old". I retired at age 68 but went back spring and fall to help assemble tax returns for the firm and worked until I was 74. Then is was MY idea to quit, they still thought I would keep coming back. People have to adjust and young people have to realize getting old is not the same as not being able to do.

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ciamanOct. 27, 13 4:03 PM

This article is all about differences between people whom were born in the 40's and people whom were born in about the 80's. People whom did not see TV until the 50's and color TV only happened in the 60's and computers only came around in the late 80's make it very difficult for people whom are now in their 60's to comprehend or understand all this new technology that is like being in a differnt universe. There use to be hundreds of thousands of secretaries that were everywhere. Now? Only the CEO's have people like that. And those people made business go and now are obsolete. The day may be coming when the new wonderous tech people will be out of a job themselves at the rate everything changes so fast. And try to put yourselves in the shoes of the older people and try to understand the brain does get older and not as good as it is for the young people. Try to be nice as what goes around comes around. For all of us.

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