Marc Cenedella (The Ladders) brought up a brilliant point of discussion in yesterday’s newsletter and mailing list - age discrimination and the work place in modern day culture. Have you witnessed it?
Age should not be a factor of hiring nor should a food allergy. The question HR should really be asking self is can this individual fulfill the job requirements and do his/her job in a safe and efficient manner? Or, is there a candidate whom better fulfills these needs that is also applying for the position? These are valid questions and ethical hire, should candidate be chosen for skill set and ability vs. age or medical niche alone.
Often, elders are thought of having more health problems and being more of a liability for companies to hire because of their age and naturally diminishing health. But this is not true, this is just for the average citizen and every individual deserves a fair chance at application for the role or position. Some young adults have temperamental health due to severe food allergies or immune disease and are discriminated against (they should be able to work 40+ hours a week because they are young and should have energy) or are ridiculed for taking sick time (this person is young, he or she can’t really be sick). We need to check our assumptions and make sure they line up with truth, make proper and fair judgements on facts and actions than fear based beliefs or popular votes alone.
" Every hiring manager is asking herself, every HR person is asking himself, these questions about you and every other candidate they’re interviewing…
Will this candidate:
- Be able to excel in this role?
- Be able to learn and adjust as the role evolves?
- Be able to master the tools and technologies involved today and tomorrow?
- Get along well with others on the team?
- Take direction and feedback?
And it’s important for you to realize that youth is the symptom, not the cause, of age discrimination. ” (Marc Cenedella, The Ladders).