3 Ways Older Workers Can Help Your Business

60% of workers over the age of 60 will look for a new job after retiring from their current company.

By Royale Class

Experienced, older workers can bring fresh perspectives and great ideas to your business - at a fraction of the price.More than 75% of these workers are putting off retirement, most of them for financial concerns, but a great many of them are staying in the workforce as a personal decision. Those making the choice for personal reasons say they really enjoy their work, want to stay active or want to mentor others.

This is great news for the 48% of employers that are looking to hire more seasoned staff. 44% of those surveyed said they hired workers age 50 and over during 2012 – a trend that is likely to continue.

Keep reading for three great reasons to think about hiring older, experienced workers.

Think older workers aren’t for you? Consider these reasons to think differently:

  • Full time experience – part time pay
    Many older workers aren’t interested in doing the daily 9-5 any more. Many enjoy the opportunity to work part-time – to stay active, stay relevant and to mentor others. Your organization can benefit from 30 or 40 years of business experience and expertise – at a fraction of the price.
  • Mentor the Next Generation
    In some cases a business needs help to develop the business acumen and polish that only comes from years of experience. Consider using older workers to help train and mentor your fresh-out-of-college workers to help develop those skills in them more quickly.
  • Old School Thinking
    Fresh New Ideas Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “Everything old is new again.” While the older generation of workers probably never imagined the Internet, mobile computing and the other technological advances we have today – there’s a good chance that they’ve got experience and expertise that can lend itself to your new tech. There’s a good chance that older workers can help you navigate even the toughest business challenges today – if you’re willing to listen.

What do you think? Can an older generation of worker help your business? Let us know in the comments below.

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