F ifty may be the new 40 as the nations 78 million baby boomers approach their 60s, but stereotypes still affect how some managers view older workers, according to an AARP survey.
Executives who managed at least some employees over age 50 rated the workers higher in the following qualities than did executives who managed none in that age group: communication, professionalism, ease to work with, enthusiasm, flexibility, independence, innovation, experience, leadership and technological savvy.
Moreover, the favorable ratings increased with the number of 50-plus workers managed. All the executives rated older employees high in loyalty, regardless of the number they managed.
Source: Business Executives Attitudes Toward the Aging Workforce: Aware But Not Prepared? 2006, AARP, http://research.aarp.org .
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