Employers Find Value in Older Employees

Employers Find Value in Older Employees

Employers Find Value in Older Employees

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60% of hiring managers say they're more likely to hire a mature worker, while 20% say they'd hire a Millennial.

Watch out, Gen Y—the Boomers are back. Or, at least, that's the impression cast by a recent survey from Adecco Staffing US (www.AdeccoUSA.com), in which more than 500 hiring managers were asked to compare and contrast mature workers and Millennials. For years, it seems, many older employees have appeared to walk around the office with a big bull's-eye on their backs, and many felt they were "fair game" for layoffs and unjust terminations. But the survey findings reveal that companies now recognize the value that highly experienced staffers bring—especially when it comes to reliability and professionalism. "The rise of mature workers in today's workforce is a direct result of economic and societal factors," says Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing US. "These are individuals who paid their dues long ago. Given their years of experience and work ethic, they make excellent job candidates and strong employees." For the purposes of the survey, mature workers are defined as those age 50 or older. Millennials were born between 1981 and 2000, according to accepted definitions.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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