Though many companies look for young potential hires who can bring energy and enthusiasm to the workplace, it’s important to note that older professionals can also greatly enhance your company. In fact, they offer a range of traits that younger people may simply not possess yet. Some of the benefits of hiring an older staff member include:
Older professionals have had the chance to do a number of different jobs in a variety of different places. Because of this, they have a wide knowledge base. They’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and can use these ideas to shape the future of your company. Instead of trial and error, they can make decisions based off of their own experience.
They’re not being pulled in a million different directions
Younger workers are often heavily focused on life outside of the office. They’re trying to meet a partner, buy a house, or raise children. They may also be quite invested in their social life. While older workers will have a life outside of work, in many instances their children have grown up and moved away, or are older and less in need of daily care than a young child would be. This allows them to focus more closely on work. Their attention is not divided, so they can commit 100 percent to the project at hand.
Many older employees have gotten to the point where they’re doing a job they love, so they’re excited to get to work each day. As a result, they’re probably going to show up on time and ready to get down to business. They’ve also been in the routine of getting up and going to the office for years, so the whole “can’t get out of bed” thing has worn off.
Over the years, older staff members have honed their organization skills and have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to keep themselves on track. You’re probably not going to see an older team member scurrying into a meeting 20 minutes late with papers flying everywhere.
A more experienced staffer knows how to get the job done most effectively, and is highly efficient as a result. They’ve learned how to cut out the excess and stick solely to the task at hand.
Older employees can bring a lot of positives to an office. While this is not to say that a younger person doesn’t have positive traits as well, older professionals are more experienced and can use this experience to benefit the company in both the short and long-term.