With fewer numbers of people in the generations coming up behind the baby boomers, it is imperative to the nation's businesses that older people be convinced to work longer than standard retirement age.
Much of the public conversation about this issue revolves around what employers should do to retain older workers and almost always places the onus on the workers themselves to retrain, to appear energetic and take a cut in pay. I think they've got it backward.
Many elders would work longer if they were allowed to, but age discrmination in the workplace prevents many from doing so. Attitudes toward elders and false beliefs about them held by people who do the day-to-day hiring must change before any of the high-minded goals of industry assocations can be put into effect.
So let's see how our own beliefs about elders stack up to the facts. Take this little quiz by ticking off only the statements you believe are TRUE. Tomorrow the correct answers will be posted and we can see then how much TGB readers know about ourselves.