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Those of us who have worked with “older workers” 50+ know they face some unique challenges.  They are often affected by layoffs, workforce reduction and early retirement, yet they may be unemployed longer than other age-groups, with 51% unemployed for six or more months.  And those who find work make an average of 20% less than they had been earning (BLS). 

Many older workers report feeling age discrimination by employers and recruiters who are looking for “fresh talent, relevant training, and new energy and ideas,” while rejecting older workers they believe are “stuck in their ways, afraid of technology, unaffordable, and a drain on health care benefits” – which are assumptions and stereotypes. 

Join us for discussion on this topic and learn more about what is being done to bring focus on the benefits older workers bring to the workplace through initiatives sponsored by AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

 

Presented by:  Cindy O’Donovan, M.A., SHRM-SPHR/SCP, Right4 Your Business, LLC

In addition to being an “older worker,” Cindy has worked as a recruiter and in career services in her career over the past 30 years.  Cindy currently serves as Chair of the Workforce Committee of the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC), where she researches workforce development issues and advises local businesses.  She has presented numerous sessions for dislocated worker programs and Twin Cities metro area job clubs.   Cindy and her business partner, Dr. Julie Tschida designed a popular experiential learning game to teach the hiring process, called “Playing the Hiring Game!” which was presented at the MCDA Spring Conference.