Recruiting Older Workers

Recruiting Older Workers

September 26, 2022
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With the graying of the workforce, American business is going to have to pay attention to what older workers want and how to recruit them, says Deborah Russell, former manager of Economic Security and Work at the American Association of Retired Persons. “Terms such as ‘fast-paced,’ ‘high-energy,’ ‘young,’ and ‘vital’ are often signals to older workers that they need not apply,” she says. AARP encourages companies to use terminology that better reflects age diversity such as “experienced workers” and “age-diverse.”

An AARP-sponsored study, using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 workers age 45 to 74, shows that 69 percent plan to work in some capacity during their retirement years. They work not only for money but also for intangible benefits such as enjoyment and a sense of purpose. Poll participants focused on “soft benefits” such as adequate time off and flexible schedules as well as “hard benefits,” including health-care benefits and insurance and good pension benefits as “absolutely essential parts of their ideal jobs.”

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