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Firms invest a ridiculous amount of hours and financial resources into the screening, hiring and training of new employees, only to find that many employees leave for a shiny, higher-paying new position elsewhere in what seems like a blink of the eye.

An obvious benefit of older workers is the experience and skills they bring to a job.

Employers may have quibbles about older workers being behind the curve when it comes to technology.

The whole set of mental abilities that you look for in a great employee are baked in: management skills, leadership skills, communication skills, empathy —those qualities keep developing as we age.

And when a great idea percolates up, older workers are adept at sussing out what to make of it because they can weigh it against what’s succeeded and failed and how high the bar truly is to hitting one out of the park.

Older workers are proactive, positive, and practical.

This is the time in life where they can focus their energy on their jobs and love their work with a focus that wasn’t possible at a younger age.

Workers who have been at it for a few decades are often good leaders, in large part due to their intrinsic communication skills.

According to a study conducted by The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, 46.3 percent of employer respondents said that their older employees have stronger professional networks and client networks compared to 30 percent who said the same about their younger workers.

Studies have found that the productivity of both older and younger workers is higher in companies with mixed-age work teams.

Older workers play a vital role in providing skills to younger people in the workplace.

It means you yourself value your own work, skills, and talents.

As Gary Kesner, executive vice president for Silvercup Studios, a family-owned film and television production company in New York where shows like “The Sopranos,” “Girls” and “Sex and the City” have been filmed, told me, when I interviewed him for my New York Times article on reaping the benefits of the aging workforce: “We didn’t sit around and say, ‘O.K., we are going to have a plan to hire and keep older workers.

 

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