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In a recent article on LinkedIn Oleg Vishnepolsky, Global CTO at Daily Mail Online, got something off his chest that has upset him for many years – he hired a person over 50 years old.
What has been bothering him is not the person he hired, in fact the new employee was one of the best hires he ever made. What has been bothering him is the resistance he faced when he wanted to make the hire.
He heard things like, “He will never work hard enough” and “He will not fit into our culture.”
The fact that no one ever told him specifically not to hire someone over 50 doesn’t mean that what he fought against wasn’t ageism. Ageism is the stereotyping of and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age (World Health Organization). And our attitudes about aging matter. According to researchers Levy, Slade, Kunkel, and Kasi from the United states, we can add 7.5 years of life expectancy when we think positively about aging.
It is Vishnepolsky’s wish that terms like overqualified and over-the-hill be replaced with veteran and experienced.
According to the over 200,000 likes his short article has gathered so far, many of you agree.
To find out more about your attitude toward aging, complete this short quiz from the World Health Organization.