retail news in context, analysis with attitude

The Associated Press reports on a new study from LifeGoesStrong.com saying that while “nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues,” it also is reported that “61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed said their age is not an issue at work, while 25 percent called it an asset.” And, “only 14 percent classified getting older as a workplace liability.”

The story goes on: “Most of those who have reached age 50 noted that co-workers seek their counsel more now than when they were younger. And a third said their employer treats them with greater respect.”
KC's View:
It would be my guess that the people being treated with respect are acting in a way that has earned it, as opposed to just expecting it because they are either losing the pigment in the hair or losing their hair altogether.

Speaking as someone smack in the middle of that demographic group, I think that the critically important factor for baby boomers hoping that their age won’t be a liability is the constant ability to reinvent ourselves, to stay as current as possible, and to respect the fact that people younger than us have a lot to bring to the table, and have different needs and priorities than we do. Not better, not lesser, just different.

The nice thing about this study is that it suggests something that I’ve always believed - that we create, for the most part, our own liabilities. And are responsible for creating an environment in which success is possible.

Of course, as I write this, I must concede that the only entity that I share a workplace with happens to be a six-year-old yellow Lab named Buffett, who gives me all the respect and deference in the world as long as I give her cookies.