- Huge gain in terms of training time. The experience of the mature worker reduces the amount of time it takes to get a new hire up and running.
- Experience. The mature worker can actually make decisions – generally good ones– based on a sound workplace background, which results in fewer costly mistakes.
- Longevity. With the costs of continually retraining new staff resulting in both lost time and revenues, a mature worker is more likely to stick around if they are satisfied with their compensation, company culture and benefits. Career path is not necessarily the all important carrot dangling from the stick.
- Value of time spent equals value-added. The younger worker may be willing to put in a 12 hour day, but will not necessarily produce the results that a more mature worker would produce in a much shorter time. According to Jim, if a mature worker can come to a conclusion in twenty minutes that a “green” worker would need a day to figure out, then “who cares how much time they put into the job? They get results!”
Jim and I spent some time talking about the challenges I’m finding in getting some employers to willingly declare themselves 50 plus friendly by posting their jobs on the Gen Plus job board. Jim’s final comment … “Are they stupid…or what?? I go out of my way to hire mature workers.” There is no question that the tide is slowly turning as more and more companies are starting to look out of their narrow channels of employee search, so it gives me great hope when Jim is willing to boldly cross the invisible line.