Businesses may not think of seniors as an optimal demographic from which to garner great employees, but there are several reasons why business should consider hiring seniors. Despite the myth, seniors bring some terrific assets, and often very well-developed skill sets to the workplace. With a shortage of qualified and experienced workers, seniors have something tangible to bring to the workforce. Here are just five great reasons businesses should consider hiring seniors:
1. Strong work ethic and well-developed sense of loyalty-Seniors bring with them an extensive background and generally, many decades of punctuality, reliability and loyalty to their employers. Unlike the younger generations, many seniors have been in jobs for many years and have personal values that support hard work, dependability and “going the extra mile” to make sure a job gets done right. Seniors tend to have less absenteeism and are both reliable and punctual. What business or company wouldn’t benefit from an employee with a commitment to work?
2. Vast work experience and variety of skills-Seniors have so much work experience and have likely worked in a variety of situations and circumstances. While they may be lacking in some learnable, modern skills (such as computers or technology) they do have years of other work experience to bring to an employer and colleagues. With this work experience comes well-developed problem-solving abilities and generally good judgment. Younger employees might not have the solid judgment and they certainly will not have experienced as many different work situations and challenges as the senior worker.
3. Value customer service and interpersonal relations-Seniors typically place a high value on customer service and exhibit good interpersonal relations-they tend to work well with clients, customers, and co-workers. Having been raised in a generation that valued respect and taught manners and how to work with people in a variety of situations, seniors can be great role models for the younger workers, as well as take the extra care needed to make clients and customers happy and satisfied.
4. Life experience brings understanding-Depending on the type of business or company, seniors may have the added empathy and understanding that only life experience can make. This understanding can be a boost to customers and clients, but it can also help improve the work environment for other workers. Seniors may have an even greater understanding in fields such as health care, social service, and aging and bring empathy to these jobs that can’t be found in younger workers.
5. Less distractions-Seniors tend to be more focused when they are on the job-without the distractions of family and other responsibilities. Since many are working because they want to and are interested in doing well and staying connected, seniors tend to be present and involved and not as likely to need time off to deal with personal matters as younger workers.
These are just a few of the reasons seniors make great employees-with vast work experience and strong work ethic, seniors are willing to go above and beyond in order to make sure that a job is done right. They tend to have a keen attention to detail and are committed to seeing a job through. Not only do seniors bring all these concrete skills to the workplace, but their experience with a variety of individuals and mature ability to focus on positive interpersonal relations can be a genuine asset to any business. Instead of dismissing an applicant because he or she seems “too old” or focusing on the age issue as a primary concern, consider all the positive and productive elements a senior worker can bring to your business or company. Seniors really do make great, loyal employees.