As the saying goes, age is just a number. But unfortunately, older adults are often overlooked or marginalized in the workplace. It’s time for companies to recognize and value the contributions of older workers, and to tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge that they have to offer. Here are a few unique ways that companies can show their support for older adults:
- Offer intergenerational mentorship programs. Older adults often have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and younger workers can benefit from their insights and guidance. Companies can create intergenerational mentorship programs that pair older and younger workers together, allowing them to learn from each other and build relationships.
- Host “lunch and learn” sessions with older employees. Many older workers have interesting and diverse life experiences, and it can be valuable for the entire company to hear about them. Companies can host “lunch and learn” sessions where older employees can share their stories and insights with their colleagues.
- Create an “elders council.” Older workers often have valuable perspectives and ideas to contribute, but they may not always feel comfortable sharing them. Companies can create an “elders council” where older workers can come together to share their ideas and insights, and have a forum to be heard.
- Celebrate “older worker” holidays. There are a number of holidays that celebrate the contributions of older workers, such as International Day of Older Persons and National Senior Citizens Day. Companies can celebrate these holidays by hosting events or recognizing the contributions of their older employees.
- Offer flexible schedules or telecommuting options. Many older adults are looking for more flexible work arrangements, such as part-time or telecommuting options. By offering these options, companies can make it easier for older workers to balance their personal and professional commitments.
By implementing these unique strategies, companies can show their support for older workers and recognize their contributions. By doing so, they can tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge that older workers have to offer, and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.