Myth: Older workers are unequipped to multitask and juggle the
technological distractions of the modern office.
Reality: The cognitive skills that enable us to switch between tasks
can be delayed with exercise and training. So a 75-year-old who is smart and
active could easily outperform a 40-year-old couch slouch
Myth: Older workers are more likely to be burned out and less
productive than their younger colleagues.
Reality: According to a 2009 report from the Sloan Center on Aging
& Work, hiring managers gave older employees high marks for loyalty,
reliability and productivity.
Also as Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the Wharton School of business found out from his many studies, when it comes to actual job performance, Cappelli says, older employees soundly thrash their younger
colleagues. "Every aspect of job performance gets better as we age," he
declares. "I thought the picture might be more mixed, but it isn't. The
juxtaposition between the superior performance of older workers and the
discrimination against them in the workplace just really makes no sense."
So Stay Active/Stay Working