People over 50 want to contribute to the economy and to society. They are an expanding resource, yet older adults are too frequently shut out of opportunities to use their experience, feel valued, and live financially secure lives. Members of the 50+ Employment Affinity Group are focused on changing how older workers are seen by employers.
We share resources and promising practices, learn from each other, and work together to change attitudes, behaviors, policies, and other barriers to paid work. This affinity group meets on the second Wednesday of the month, sets its own agenda, and draws from the expertise of its members.
August 10 Meeting Agenda: At this meeting, we will take up two topics. First, we’ll organize ourselves to design the playbook (who, what, by when) for employers that we discussed at our last meeting that highlights the benefits of hiring workers over 50. Second, we’ll translate the advantages that older workers bring to employers into a format that job seekers can use to build their confidence and “live up to the brand.”
If time allows, in this session (and if not, in subsequent sessions) we’ll consider new, more effective models for supporting older job seekers and new outreach strategies for engaging them. As more people over 50 return to work, the challenge of reaching those who are in danger of being left behind is growing and will require new approaches.