December 9, 2013
The story we keep hearing is that when older workers get laid off, it's very tough for them to land another job. I wanted to tell another story about over-50 employees.
I was at a conference in October where a few companies talked about how important it was for them to keep their older workers on staff. I wanted to know why, and what sorts of companies were doing this. It turns out the healthcare industry pretty much leads the way on this - not only are its patients aging, but its nurses are too. It needs those decades of knowledge to transition gradually to a younger generation of professionals, so is making quite an effort to cater to older RNs. Other industries are a bit more reluctant to speak on the record, but retail and transportation are among them.
Photo: Patricia Riordan at work at WellStar Kennesteone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Taken by Jennifer Ament, who collected the tape of Patricia and various hospital sounds for this story.