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SME bosses told older workers bring resilience

Date Added: 21/03/2011  

Bosses at small to medium-sized enterprises have been reminded that employing older workers can add resilience to an organisation.

Rachel Krys, director of Inclusive Employers, stated that maths dictates that older people have more experience in the world of work than their younger counterparts.

She explained that this can be a good thing as they are likely to have worked through a recession in the past and will be more aware of how things work when financial times are tough.

"They have experience of surviving recession and what worked in order to survive recession, and so those employers found it really beneficial to have that sort of resilience," said Ms Krys.

The expert added that a lot of younger people have been prone to "panic" because of the state of the economy and they are more used to boom rather than bust times.

Recent figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of people in work over the age of 65 is at the highest level since records began in 1992.

Posted by Michael Beam 

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