Many stressors exist in the workplace. The issue of ageism is alive and well and can create an incredible amount of stress that may rob employees and management of productive activities, sleep and even employment opportunities. In my management/employee workshops and courses I cover many workplace situations and behaviours which add stress to our lives, and how we can mitigate them.
In my segment relating to ageism, I talk about younger employees’ attitudes toward their older counterparts, which is in fact most often the issue. Mature workers however may carry some of the responsibility for their own discrimination. Here are a few tips for the young and not-so-young!
- Be respectful of mature colleagues, even if you don’t have much in common. They have blazed many trails ahead of you.
- Listen. Mature colleagues have a wealth of knowledge and they have a goldmine of experiences that may help you shape your future.
- Be Inclusive. Many mature people are still very youthful and yes, still competent. Do not overlook a mature candidate for key positions.
- Do NOT assume that lack of experience equals incompetence. Many younger employees have fresh new ideas which fit with today’s business environment.
- Avoid the pitfalls of “we have always done it this way, why change?” The world is changing and change in the workplace is a way of life… be open to explore new ideas.
- Mentor, not Mother. Be a mentor but don’t push your guidance on those who do not want it. Mentoring is a rewarding activity for both parties, but mothering places the younger colleague beneath the elder, when in fact they are equals.
- Refer to the Wall Street Journal’s recent article Why Baby Boomers Are Their Own Worst Enemy in the Workplace!
Of course, I also provide easy brain health techniques to help you calm the mind, work through challenges and maximize your greatness at any age!
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