I am surrounded by people with gray hair, myself included.
The woman that interview me walk so fast I thought she was trying to get rid of me, she almost ran over a man and his shopping cart getting to the back office to do the interview. The first words out of her mouth was why do you still want to work, that was not age friendly. I had applied for a cashier position that was open, she said the only thing open was water the plants with a hose in lawn and garden.
i worked there for 10 yrs. a so called safety issue caused myself and 4 others over 60 yrs. old were let go one was a shopping violation come on now
I had no problem getting hired on and age-relative problems on the job. Many older people worked for this employer.
This company tolerates older associates so they appear friendly. The greatest disconnect is the subject of customer service. Older associates and younger associates want to approach tjhis in A way that is true to their "generational" understanding. I "know" that management could help each store make more Money if the education of customer service were a priority. It's a very Simple solution but not one person I've engage with can See this customer dissatisfaction as a solvable situation. I've been with THD since 2005. Before that I was Cosmetologist since 1970. My change of career came about because my mother went into Hospice and needed my help. I've worked in Hospicr since the early 1980's. I'll be 72 soon and know ALL older associates who don't feel As if contributing to the Company putting customer service first is even Noticed much less appreciated.
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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.
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