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An Ode to Baby Boomers in the Workforce

By Charles Goldstein, Nationally Certified Career Coach Service Provider and (Proud) Baby Boomer

There are some who call us ‘Boomers’ in a deprecating way, [1]

Implying that we’re primordial, having already ‘seen our day’. [2]

But Millennials have their issues in the workforce oftentimes, [3]

Whoever said that only in younger days are workers in their primes? [4]

Yet ‘prime’ is just a label, and as working Boomers now, [5]

We typically know the ‘why’, but we’re not always sure of the ‘how’.

As technology evolves with acronyms galore, [6]

It’s becoming quite the challenge for anyone to ‘keep score’.

However, science has shown that the ‘aging brain’ is capable of great learning, [7]

And as we know, Boomers have long kept late night candles burning. [8]

Experience, wisdom, maturity and grace are qualities never out-styled,

When reliability is the key, our ‘number’ is often dialed. [9]

But age discrimination is sadly and so profoundly rife, [10]

Rejection and non-engagement, can cut just like a knife. [11]

Opposing this phenomenon will take more than just the lawsuits. [12]

Instead, awareness could help attack it at its roots. [13]

Perspective has taught us Boomers that positivity is key, [14]

Creative thoughts and aspirations are the bylines of my plea.

Staying active, engaged and curious, Boomers will enjoy their share of perks, [15]

Remember, idle hands are the workshop in which the proverbial devil works.

The Career Coach never idles and stays busy dawn ‘til night,

To guide the mature worker to find the perfect bite; [16]

Of a lifestyle and occupation to satisfy human cravings,

And of course, financial success to preserve their long-fought savings.

So Millennials, Gens X and Z, don’t count us ‘out’ quite yet,

The rising tide of obsolescence will not catch us in its net.

As we stay ever vigilant, timely and self-aware, ‘watch your backs’ but in the nicest way, and work with us if you dare!

[1] According to The National Post, “The catchphrase, birthed on TikTok (the Gen Z social media platform of choice) before making its way to Twitter, the New York Times and New Zealand Parliament, is driving the elder generation absolutely mad with rage. Enterprising youngsters, awash in student debt, precariously employed and priced out of home ownership, have even created OK Boomer merchandise. National Post, November 16, 2019. [2] The Clash Of The Baby Boomers And Millennials: How Can We All Get Along? Forbes, November 29, 2018 [3] “The millennial generation has faced a great deal of criticism, and in some cases, scorn from older generations. Millennials are seen as selfish, entitled and demanding, not to mention addicted to technology. Are these stereotypes true? Certainly not for all millennials. But there are certain tendencies and habits that are associated with the millennial generation more than any other generation.” Entrepreneur Magazine, October 5, 2017. [4] “Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age. Teenagers, for instance, may have vitality on their side, but older people are generally more psychologically stable. And so it goes with several phenomena people experience as they age.” Science Alert, March 17, 2017. [5] See https://www.yourdictionary.com/prime [6] “For example, keeping up with dozens of enterprise mobility terms is tough to do. Understanding their importance and how they impact industry trends is even harder. Without an expert resource to rely on, this seemingly endless stream of acronyms can overwhelm even the most tech-savvy organizations.” Techpoint Index, May 8, 2017. [7] “Aging may also bring positive cognitive changes. People often have more knowledge and insight from a lifetime of experiences. Research shows that older adults can still learn things, create new memories and improve vocabulary and language skills.” National Institute on Aging Website, https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/how-aging-brain-affects-thinking [8] “In a survey of global executives that looked at the role of Baby Boomers, 55% stated that they are willing to work longer hours than other generations and were considered the second most productive generation after Gen X.” Convenience.org, September 8, 2016. [9] According to Menlo Partners Staffing, “Generally speaking, older workers are extremely reliable and dependable. They have stabilized their life structures and do not experience the distractions of roommates, young children, and the ‘party hard’ lifestyle of the young. . .” https://mpstaff.com/the-advantages-of-hiring-baby-boomers/ [10] “Ageism is widely prevalent and stems from the assumption that all members of a group ( for example older adults) are the same. Like racism and sexism, ageism serves a social and economic purpose: to legitimize and sustain inequalities between groups. It’s not about how we look. It’s about how people who have influence assign meaning to how we look. In 2014, governments around the world recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for, and the driving force behind age discrimination.” World Health Organization Website, World Health Organization Website, https://www.who.int/ageing/features/faq-ageism/en/ [11] According to the World Health Organization, Ageism has harmful effects on the health of older adults. Research by Levy et al shows that older adults with negative attitudes about ageing may live 7.5 years less than those with positive attitudes. Ageism has been shown to cause cardiovascular stress, lowered levels of self-efficacy and decreased productivity.” World Health Organization Website, https://www.who.int/ageing/features/faq-ageism/en/ [12] The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website indicates that, “Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination. It is not illegal for an employer or other covered entity to favor an older worker over a younger one, even if both workers are age 40 or older.” https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/coverage-0 [13] “Raising Awareness of Age Discrimination”, HEALTH, August 8, 2019. [14] Positive Affirmations From The Baby Boomers Era That May Change Your Life, https://www.powerofpositivity.com/positive-affirmations-baby-boomers-era-change-life/ [15] Reinventing Aging, Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement, Harvard School of Public Health–MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement Center for Health Communication, Harvard School of Public Health MetLife Foundationhttps://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/general/boomers_engagement.pdf [16] https://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/news_article/112312/_PARENT/CC_layout_details

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