Over at Punk Rock HR my fellow blogger, Laurie Ruettimann, had this observation in her post entitled Ageism, Sexism & Whatnot “…no one cares about ageism until they’re old.” And she is correct! At least on a personal level. HR departments and management teams need to care about it everyday.
So this week I am going to explore agesim in a bit more detail:
- What its roots may be
- What the law is regarding it
- What HR departments need to watch for.
In the meantime you can read something I wrote earlier this year after I witnessed some “ageism.”
Ageism in the Workplace
I also want you to raise your awareness of ageism. Listen to what people say, especially in your workplace. Watch how people act. Look at commercials. I bet each of you will find at least 5 examples of ageism. And if you are an older job hunter you can probably cite many examples of personal situations.
So while I am writing this week give me some examples! How have you witnessed discrimination, be it because you are young or old?
Photo: From a promotion for the show Cougar Town