Age discrimination is a known factor in the job sector. The U.S. Federal government introduced Age Discrimination in Employment Act half a century ago. However, 68% of older professionals complain that organizations still continue to reject their resumes. In this article at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson warns CIOs not to let age discrimination cripple IT.
Age Discrimination at Work
If you walk by the IT department, you will notice that the average age of the team is below 30. Excluding the managers and senior workers will further lower the age. It is a common and shocking issue that pervades the job market even today. The EEOC received 20,857 age discrimination cases in 2017 alone. A study conveys that resumes of applicants aged over 64 get turned down more often than the younger job seekers. As employees are postponing their retirement, CIOs are going to encounter this issue more often.
Age biases is worse for women professionals. While a man faces age issues from 50, a woman encounters it from 30. In fact, the laws work more in favor of men than women while seeking a job. So, the decrees alone cannot help with the age discrimination issue that elderly professionals face in this digital age.
What CIOs Can Do?
Since the IT department is likely to be hit by the discrimination wave more, CIOs must take steps beforehand. The unemployment rate is down by 4.3%, the lowest since 2001. You can use some grey-haired wisdom and balance it with the high-strung energy of the youth. Experts say that the rate of the elderly population joining the active workforce is going to increase from 18.8% to 21.7%. The best way to avoid age discrimination is to not ask for date of birth or high school graduation date in the application form.
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