The reality is simple: you won’t find a more loyal and more dedicated employee than someone over 50, who chooses their employer very carefully. These are experienced people who know what life is all about. Give them a chance and they will do everything they can to prove it.
‘People in their fifties have already seen and made mistakes and learned from them. They can share such knowledge with colleagues and managers.’ - Inge Rijcken, career coach at RiseSmart
Furthermore, those over 50 create a unique dynamic at work. Their maturity helps younger colleagues to develop more quickly. People in their fifties have already seen and made mistakes and learned from them. They can share such knowledge with colleagues and managers.
However, this only works when a company is open-minded. Nobody starts a new job after 25 years without hesitation. Such people need an employer who explicitly tells them that their experience is more than welcome, and how the whole company is excited about what can be learned from them, etc.
Are people over 50 too expensive? This prejudice causes employers to miss out on lots of golden opportunities. Many people in their fifties are prepared to earn less if the job appeals to them. A salary is always negotiable. To start a job interview with someone over 50 by asking them what they wish to earn is the ultimate conversation killer. Find out what they can do first.
And for those keen to test it: on average, older recruiters recruit more older employees.