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Benefits of Hiring “Over 50” Workers

A jobseeker who had attended one of my workshops sent me a list of the benefits of hiring “more mature” workers, and I thought I’d like to share this. Thanks to Sharon Hollen for this list.

Benefits of “most” over 50 workers:

  1. Can go all day without looking at cell phone (other than lunch time.)
  2. Empty nest—kids are a large source of lost work time
  3. Wealth of experience = self sufficiency and practical solutions (been there, done that)
  4. Less likely to be involved in an office romance
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Healthier and more tech savvy than many give credit for
  7. Better chance of owning reliable transportation
  8. Values proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  9. Being “set in your ways” is a myth…at least for anyone who “needs” to be employed!
  10. Not a risk taker when it comes to safety and compliance
  11. Won’t call in with an excuse after the Super Bowl etc., after excessive partying.

What other benefits can you contribute?

About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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