Baby Boomers Competing in the Workplace

Baby Boomers excel in the workplace

Baby Boomers excel in the workplace

 

 


Psychological Articles by Boomeryearbook.com

Psychological articles that are written about age gaps and the problems encountered by members of each age group tend to make their recommendations to the older part of the equation, making the presumption that the younger person will not make an effort to change to improve their relationship with an older person.

Possibly this assessment is correct and the younger generation has no interest in promoting a healthy interaction with the older of the species. Psychological articles seldom address problems of this nature from the youngster’s point of view so it is left to Grandpa to iron out any difficulties and find a common ground.

Older people carry a definite risk of being discarded as non-productive once they reach a certain age. Psychological articles point out, perhaps rather too often, that as the human brain ‘ages’, the ability to take on new concepts becomes limited. Younger generations will stride into new ideas and take on new skills without the slightest difficulty, although perhaps they might not execute them as efficiently. The older generation requires considerably more time to learn something new with any confidence.

In the job market, the older generation have only one advantage and that is experience. The younger model might be adept at modern applications and quick to pick up new policies but the older employee has a wealth of knowledge and years of past experience to call on. Psychological articles that explore the usefulness of older people in the workplace stress that there is no substitute for age when it comes to a steady business head. Many employers, however, are arguably reluctant to consider older applicants due to the risk of frequent absences due to ill health. Yet Psychological articles and research on the statistics of employee absences highlight that more absences occur due to maternity and family commitments than sick days taken by older employees.

The older member of the team tends always to be more reliable and in fact because older employees are expected to take time off, they don’t. It’s the result of being victims of prejudice that makes us super dependable role models. Psychological articles on work related absences emphasize that the older generation takes significantly fewer days as sick leave and is more likely to take on responsibility and be receptive to learning new skills.

When the older generation enters into competition with the younger generation, the results can be surprising. In numerous psychological articles and research that covers aptitude and the application of logic, the older generation take the blue ribbon every time. Why? They have a better grounding in basic skills such as mental arithmetic, which the younger set just cannot cope with after being shackled to a calculator since kindergarten and they are more focused on the job in hand, having fewer distractions such as young children to worry about and a hot social life to maintain.

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