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Age Isn’t Just a Number

Study Shows When Organizational Resources Are Lacking, Older Workers Get Penalized

By Kendra Clark, for SIOP

Older workers may be staying in the workforce longer, but they aren’t always getting a warm welcome.

Recent research conducted by SIOP members Aaron Wallen and Cameron McClure, both from Columbia University,examined how younger workers are favored over older workers when resources are scarce.

Wallen and McClure found that when there are limited job openings or open training slots, older workers are perceived as less suitable for the openings than younger workers, even when they have the same qualifications. Similarly, when money for bonuses is limited, older workers are given less than younger workers with equal qualifications. However, when the resources are abundant, no differences were found in the distribution of resources to older and younger employees....Read more


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