The co-deans of arts and sciences are following a path to get all 50+ year-old faculty to resign, for, failing that, actually lying about the faculty evaluations. I know about this first-hand because the dean lied to me concerning the overall rating as an instructor at the institution. I had read the evaluations, and knew where I stood, somewhat better than average, but the dean told me that my performance was below that level. Others (50+) have told me that the dean used the same tactic with them.
I have recently been hired by this business. I find that everyone is age friendly, even addressing me as "Miss", with respect, not as a put-down. I LOVE this place, everyone is working well together as a team, and each helps each other as much as possible. Most other employees are younger, and the managers too. However, there are 4 or 5 of us who are in the "over 50" category. You have to be quite nimble on your feet to do the work, what I mean is, this is not a sit-down job, and has quite a lot of pressure as sometimes there are huge crowds. But I am so satisfied with the work and my treatment-I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Even though this small office staff is all middle-aged (the youngest is 40, I was the oldest at 62), being in the event business, too much attention is given to youth and beauty rather than professionalism. The owner, especially, at 55+ is much much too concerned with her appearance.
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After reading the comments by those who express their perspective of age related discriminating practices by more than a few employers, I felt very concerned for older workers that need/desire employment. I wonder if these employers understand that it is not just the revenue from young adults that keep them in business. I wonder how they would survive if the older generation would stop supporting their businesses. I also wonder if these employers understand the principle of sowing and reaping? I am grateful to your agency for providing the results of your survey and your commitment to provide older workers with reliable job leads.
-- Marie Moore, AARP