Age Diversity in the Workplace
When thinking of DE&I, don't ignore age
When companies think of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), many often consider it through the lens of race and gender. With this, age diversity often gets left behind. Only 8 percent of organizations, according to a PWC report, include age as part of their diversity and inclusion strategy.
Ageism continues to be an unfortunate feature of many workplaces. And age discrimination often starts in the hiring process. In job descriptions, subtle phrases such as “cultural fit,” “digital native” and “energetic person” often are designed to deter older workers from applying in the first place.
But a lack of age diversity hurts companies more than benefits them. Here’s why.
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