Thank you for addressing the issue of "older workers" and their contribution to the workforce of many of today's companies. What I take exception to is that they may not be as engaged or performing at the same levels as their younger counterparts.
From what I am able to see where I am, it is the older, wiser employees who demonstrate the energy and drive to get the job done, while their younger peers look to ensure they are getting their time off from work.
We tend to compartmentalize and stereotype people based on age, gender and even race. Smart productive ambitious people are just that, regardless of their age, especially if they are being recognized for their contributions by their respective organizations.
It is imperative that HR acts as the advocate that it touts itself as, and stands for objective performance measurements that highlight individual performance, instead of allowing the usual subjective, less than constructive bogus feedback at year end that most people hear from their management surrounding their performance.
Marcia M. Penn
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