Older Workers Have a Big Secret: Their Age
Employees in their 50s, 60s and 70s, though outnumbered in the workforce by millennials, arethe only group whose labor-force participation rates are growing. Yet they are the least visiblein offices, retail outlets and other workplaces. That is because many conceal their ages. Worriedthey’ll be avoided or rejected by younger managers and co-workers, they often go to greatlengths to try to appear younger—by doing such things as getting cosmetic surgery, shorteningtheir work histories on social-media accounts and in conversations, not citing pastaccomplishments and not displaying photographs of their grandchildren.
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