Baby Boomers Say Their Age is an Asset in Workplace
Although they tend to be older than most of their colleagues, 61 percent of boomers say their age isn't an issue at work, and 25 percent consider it an advantage.
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The first group of baby boomers turn 65 this year, and a new poll by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com reveals that baby boomers in the workplace aren't just surviving -- they're thriving. According to an online poll of 1,160 workers born between 1946 and 1964, 61 percent said their age isn't an issue at work, while 25 percent called it an asset. That's despite data which shows nearly half of all baby boomers now work for a younger boss, and a majority report being older than most of their colleagues, the AP reports. Only 14 percent of poll respondents considered getting older to be a workplace liability.
For those who are over 50 in the workplace, most said co-workers seek their counsel more now than when they were younger, and a third of them said their employer treats them with greater respect. Additionally, 75 percent said they were satisfied with their relationship with their co-workers. Only 18 percent of poll respondents said they had experienced age discrimination in the workplace, with that number rising to 24 percent among unmarried women. When asked about specific forms of age discrimination, 15 percent of workers 50 and older reported being passed over for a raise, promotion or certain project assignments. However, two-thirds of respondents said they haven't had a problem keeping up with developments in their field and adapting to new technology. The poll also found that one in five boomers have been in their current field for less than a decade.
When it comes to retirement plans, two-thirds of boomers said they plan to work at least part time past retirement age for financial reasons, either due to necessity or because they want the extra spending money. Another 29 percent said they'll keep working just to stay busy, according to the poll results.