Ageism, discrimination on the basis of age, ignores an enormous untapped labor force. Age is also part of the criteria for diversity in the workplace and provides for richer collaborative experience for teams. Ashton Applewhite challenges us to rethink our viewpoints on aging.

Discussion Points:

  1. What is ageism and how does it pertain to the workplace?
  2. Does hiring older people cost more?
  3. There’s a saying that goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” How true is it?
  4. Is retirement obsolete? Should it be?
  5. Older people returning to the workforce are paid an average of 20 percent less. Why?
  6. What would happen if a company positioned itself as an “age friendly” organization? Would that be a form of ageism?
  7. Intergenerational collaboration: Can Boomers and Millennials get along together in the workplace?
  8. Does workplace culture need to change in order to tap into the talents of older persons? If so, how? If not, why?
  9. Is self-employment a better or poorer choice for older persons?
  10. Retirement vs. work: Which is better?