Cubicle Confidential

Ageism in the Workplace

May 31, 2023 Mary Abbajay & Chris DeSantis Season 3 Episode 101
Cubicle Confidential
Ageism in the Workplace
Show Notes

Age is just a number! Well, until it isn’t.

Our listeners are feeling some of the pains of getting older – and we don’t mean back aches. We’re talking about ageism at work.

Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice about how to deal with ageism in the workplace.

Aging Angst in Manhattan recently saw Chris DeSantis speak where he asked the audience who were the Boomers in the room. They didn’t raise their hand because they think that their firm is trying to push out the Boomers and replace them with younger, cheaper workers. What can they do to continue working here?

I’m Not Dorian Grey in Michigan is 51 years old but looks considerably older than the other VPs. They work in an industry that admires vitality. The CEO is 67 but looks younger than them. They are afraid that their less-than-young look might need to be refreshed– with maybe a face or neck lift. Will that help, hurt, or make no difference in their chances to move up?

Howard Johnson’s This Ain’t works in HR for a casual dining franchise. The restaurant’s theme is all about having fun as soon as you walk in the door. They have games and contests – focusing on a young demographic. The more “mature” employees feel like they’re being discriminated against since the front-of-the-house positions mostly go to the younger employees. It might be true, but that’s what they’re trying to sell. Is there a way around this to make everyone happy?

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