We all know that in the current economy hunting for job is brutal, especially for those individuals who have face unemployment in the past few years and over 50. One can offer many reasons and explanations, but ageism is by far the overarching stumbling block. One of the biggest worries for young employers and bosses when facing a job applicant who is 50+, is the feeling that they will resent a younger boss.
In many respects this is a valid point, however the only way to make this type of relationship work and successful, is based on mutual respect. If you are 50+ and appreciate the fact that your boss is decades younger than you and understand that he or she earned that position because of their skills and talent; then age is an irrelevant factor.
Here of few tips for all those older employees working for a your get boss:
Further you education and upgrade your skills – One of the most important things any 50+ employee needs to do is to continue their education and upgrade the skills to keep current with the demands of their job. Don’t be afraid to make your younger boss aware of any new software certification you aha received or that you are proficient in social media. Ask to take advantage of retraining opportunities and if you can take an online course or attend weekend workshops to upgrade your skills.
Control your attitude – Think back to the days when you were once a brash young boss full of ideas and offering new ways of doing things. Manage your attitude and pay close attention to what your boss has to say. Most of all respect the title and position. Try make that extra effort to try new things and be aware of the tone you use in the office.
Avoid those age-centric phases and comments – Never suggest that something younger managers do is similar to something your adult children are doing or discuss things that you were doing when you were their age. Avoid talking your personal life that shows your age like talking about your grandchildren, for example.
Focus on your strengths – It is vital for older employees to focus on their experience and skills that they can offer their employer. An older worker’s maturity, skills, and life experience in many ways can help to solve problems in a timely manner.
Have a positive attitude – It is a well know fact that managing other people is a difficult task. So, get on the right side of your younger boss with an upbeat attitude and have fun.
Accept less face time with your boss – In today’s working environment, there is less emphasis on the time spent in the office and behind a desk, hater it is all about the result you can produce. So that old work ethic of being the first one in the office might not actually impress you younger boss. Familiarize yourself with software and web-based applications like Google+, GotoMeeting, TeamViewer, Skype, etc.
Accept new ways of communications – It is highly likely that a younger manager will prefer to communicate via email, text messaging, or even apps like WhatsApp rather than face-to-face meeting or telephone calls.
Don’t worry about the elephant in the room – One of the biggest worries of younger bosses is if older employees can report to a younger boss. Younger bosses often worry that older employees will be unwilling to try and accept new approaches, not up to date with new technologies, and not have the grit to fulfill the job requirements. To get around this, send your boss an article that you think is cutting edge that you found via your social media network.
Avoid acting your age – Pay close attention to what you say around the office. Never complain about your achy back or talk about how things were done back in the day when you were starting your career. Make sure that you exercise on a regular basis and follow a healthy nutrition regimen. Feeling healthy will boost your confidence and show a certain vitality and oomph that people want to be around, regardless of your age.