Having a diverse and inclusive organization is paramount today. When most people talk about diversity and inclusion, ageism often gets less attention, when in fact 63% of older adults feel they’ve been treated unfairly based on their age.

The reality is that workplace demographics are shifting, with baby boomers working longer than previous generations. With age comes experience, and while many industries embrace maturity and wisdom, like Healthcare for example, many more bias toward younger candidates.

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Why Hiring Older Candidates Is An Advantage

Extensive Experience

Older candidates often bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They have likely spent many years in their respective fields, acquiring valuable skills and insights along the way. This experience can translate into better decision-making, and problem-solving abilities, and the ability to mentor and guide younger team members.

Professionalism and Maturity

Older candidates often possess a higher level of professionalism and maturity. They have typically encountered various work situations and have developed strong interpersonal skills. Their ability to navigate complex workplace dynamics and handle conflicts effectively can contribute to a more harmonious and productive work environment.

Stability and Commitment

Older candidates tend to exhibit greater stability and commitment to their careers. They have often established a solid track record of loyalty and longevity in previous roles, which can be indicative of their dedication and reliability. Hiring individuals who are committed to staying with your company long-term can help reduce turnover and maintain a stable workforce, improve morale, and foster strong company culture.

Strong Work Ethic

Older candidates are often associated with a strong work ethic. Having grown up in a different era, they may have been exposed to different work values and principles, such as loyalty, perseverance, and a focus on quality. This work ethic can translate into consistent productivity and a dedication to delivering results.

Diverse Perspectives

Age diversity in the workplace brings a range of perspectives and ideas. Older candidates can offer insights based on their unique experiences, which can complement the perspectives of younger team members. This diversity of thought can foster creativity, innovation, and better decision-making within the organization.

Mentoring and Knowledge Transfer

Older candidates can serve as mentors and provide guidance to younger employees. Their experience and wisdom can help nurture the talent within your organization and contribute to the professional growth of your team members. Mentoring relationships can also facilitate the transfer of specialized knowledge and skills, benefiting the company as a whole.

Our Advice When Recruiting And Hiring Older Candidates

As a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) organization we counsel clients to:

  • Be aware of your own unconscious bias
  • Don’t make assumptions about candidates
  • We use data when discussing target candidate profiles with clients. For example, research indicates that multigenerational workforces are not only more productive but have less turnover than those without age diversity


Get More Advice From Our Marketing Recruiters

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Neeral Morzaria Marketing Recruiter

Neeral Morzaria

Neeral Morzaria is a Director, Client Services on the Marketing Services team, specializing in placing top tier marketing candidates into senior roles across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining IQ PARTNERS, Neeral spent 20 years in senior brand and marketing roles for globally recognised Fortune 500 consumer goods and hospitality companies and leading management consulting firms. He truly has a passion for helping connect the right people to the right organizations, and for helping drive their collective success.

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