Thinking Young More Important Than Looking It

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Feb 17, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Carol Hymowitz’s latest In The Lead column in the Wall Street Journal says many older executives are turning to cosmetic surgery and other procedures to appear
more youthful and vibrant when they should be working on rejuvenating their minds instead.

Pat Cook, president of the executive search firm Cook & Co., of Bronxville, N.Y., says, “It’s a lot less important how old someone is than whether they are young in attitude.
I don’t care if someone is 55, but I care a lot if he is passionate, enthusiastic and in touch with what is happening in the world.”

Ageism in the workplace and job market is a serious issue according to research.

Eighty-two percent of senior executives surveyed by ExecuNet said age bias was a “serious problem.” Ninety-four percent of this group said age was the reason behind them not
getting a job.

Moderator’s Comment: Does age have an impact on job performance? Does age provide a legitimate
reason to hire or fire the employee?

Employees with more time on the job are often paid more. In many cases, in our experience, ageism has been more about dollars and cents than a person’s
date of birth.
George
Anderson – Moderator

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