Ageism in the Workplace: How to Identify and Address Ageism in Your Company

By nature, our world is incredibly diverse. Our communities are full of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, income levels, body shapes and religious beliefs.

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We speak different languages, use different communication styles, hold different opinions and core motivations. And while at times these differences can be a source of conflict, they shouldn't have to mean division. In fact, we believe embracing diversity makes teams stronger, more creative and ultimately better. 

Through our new series Hiring Diverse, we hope to showcase the incredible benefits of prioritizing diversity and shed light on some of the common blind spots in recruitment strategies. 

Ageism in the Workplace

In this instalment of Hiring Diverse, I unpack the various ways ageism exists in our current workplace and how organizations can unpack their hidden or unconscious biases. 

"Ageism is rampant in the workplace, but nobody seems to be paying attention to it," says Behavioral Scientist and President of Werk Labs, Dr. Pamela Cohen. "Even clients really clued in will talk about efforts for diversity and inclusion, but they never include people who are over a certain age in that effort."

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd