Ageism in the Workforce is Real

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Age discrimination is real,

Cynthia Wade (of do-over.me) says. “Even though according to the law, it’s illegal that doesn’t change the fact that it’s happening all the time.”

Evidence shows ageism eliminates a valuable sector of the workforce.

Like wine, leaders’ brains can improve with time: Our brains begin to shrink by the time we hit our 20s, diminishing our ability to learn new things and slowing our reaction times. But such developments force the brain to develop workarounds. This adaptation — called the Scaffolding Theory of Aging and Cognition — gives older employees an advantage at solving interpersonal and abstract challenges, the kind of problems CEOs often face. What’s the sweet spot age for such qualities? The mid-50s, Quartz reports. 7 out of the top 10 Fortune 500 firms in 2018 were led by people in that age group.

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