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Older workers are not less productive

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Older workers are as productive, committed and flexible as younger workers, according to a recent study conducted by Essex Business School at the University of Essex on behalf of Age UK.

The study involved a review of previously published studies into older workers’ characteristics, and found little evidence to support the negative stereotype of older workers. While some suffered a decline in their physical attributes, this was compensated for with greater skills and experience and so there was no overall effect on productivity.

Researchers also found that older workers had fewer periods of short term absence than their young colleagues, but when they were off sick it was for longer periods.

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK, said: “This shows that the time has come for employers and recruiters to shed their inaccurate and damaging perceptions of older workers. Too often older workers are written off as a burden when in fact their commitment, productivity, skills and expertise make them an invaluable boon to business and the UK economy.

“Nearly half of all unemployed older workers have been out of work for more than a year. It’s time the UK finally appreciated the value of this untapped potential. “

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