Randstad Canada discusses the benefits of attracting, retaining and
engaging mature workers.
TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Let's face facts: Many employers
often hold the misconception that mature workers are too expensive,
difficult to train, quick to retire, or prone to become ineffective as
they age. And although workers over the age of 50 might not be as
experienced with the latest apps as their younger colleagues, Randstad
Canada says job applications from older candidates are worth
Leandra Harris, Senior Executive Vice President of HR for Randstad
Canada says companies need to ignore the stereotypes and consider the
many benefits of hiring mature workers. "Negative stereotypes about
older workers remain deeply entrenched. These stereotypes include
unwarranted assumptions that older workers are more costly, harder to
train, less adaptable, less motivated, less flexible, more resistant to
change and less energetic than younger employees," she said. "It's time
to look beyond these negative age-based stereotypes."
According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 10.9% of
those aged 65 years or older had jobs in 2010. These "silver collar"
employees are expected to continue to work either for their own
enjoyment (the social interaction and stimulation of the workplace) or
for economic reasons (they haven't saved enough for retirement and need
Harris believes it's important for businesses to recognize the need to
tap into this demographic to secure the supply of workers, especially
during an expected worker shortage. "Older workers are a resource we
cannot afford to waste. Projected tight labor markets require us to
better use our experienced mature workers. Many older workers have the
skills companies are seeking. They are armed with experience, a strong
work ethic and they can typically relate well with customers and
identify their needs. They are also loyal and less likely to hop around
from job to job," she says.
"Employers need to keep in mind that since many seniors won't have to work, they will be picky about where they choose to work," she says.
According to the results of a recent ICMA International survey
sponsored by Randstad Canada, older generations say they are attracted
to companies that are financially stable and indicate that the
importance of comfort and strong values increases as they get older.
According to Harris, "Companies would be well advised to seriously think
about their future employment needs in order to be better positioned to
seek out, hire and retain quality workers, including mature workers,
who will help them compete in tomorrow's workplace."
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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