Ageism isn’t just an American thing…

It’s been happening all over the world, people can’t afford to retire – but are not getting hired. Australia is no different either, according to a recent article in the The Mandarin – “Fewer employers are willing to hire older workers than the last survey four years ago, with the number reporting no age restrictions jumping from 29% to 55%, says the report published by the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Human Rights Commission.”

We’ve got a real problem on our hands all around the world don’t we? The issue with hiring starts very early in the hiring process – and that tells me it’s an organizational culture issue.

In the same article Dr Kay Patterson, Commissioner of Age Discrimination at the Australian Human Right Commission says …”it was disappointing that more than half of the respondents said their organisation has no transition to retirement strategy in place for their workers and that very few offer intergenerational management or unconscious bias training to staff.”

That would be true here too, in the U.S., as I point out in my new book.  Lacking these strategies in a company’s HR function proves that the company is not focused on the long term well-being of their employees and that they have their priorities in other places.

The article continues to back up my research by citing “Workforce planning that includes succession planning is regarded as a core strategic human resource activity, yet the data in this study leads to the conclusion that organisations may not be giving it the attention it deserves,” says Lyn Goodear who goes on to say “If that is true, it’s a conclusion that should sound an alarm signal to HR practitioners with respect to organisational sustainability.”

Food for thought: Are you working for a company that’s planning for your transition or your abrupt exit? When you find yourself out of work, chances are excellent you won’t see it coming. I know, as a career staffing professional, people have been calling me regularly with stories about how shocked they were let go…and my phone has been blowing up for over 20 years.

Will you be ready when Ageism comes for you? Stay on top of what’s happening to your future:

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