Ageism in the workplace

Ageismin the workplace


Ageismin the workplace

Employmentremains to be a major economic hurdle in the contemporary world witha larger percentage of young graduates hunting for jobs, in vain.Numerous explanations by economists regarding the lack of employmenthave emerged, justifying the current youth unemployment issue. Forinstance, the Lumb of Labor theory asserts that the economy has afixed amount of jobs for the population, and efforts of the olderpeople to go beyond the retirement age robs away youth employment[ CITATION Mun12 l 1033 ].However, the theory has been challenged by other economists, citingthe availability of work in the economy is variable, and the economykeeps on expanding, thus creating employment for everyone[ CITATION DiG16 l 1033 ].The discussion aims at substantiating that ageism is not an inhibitorto youth unemployment.

Thereis no evidence that older people staying at their jobs for extendedperiods squeeze out employment opportunity for the young generation.It is evident that after the Second World War women successfullypushed for more jobs in the labor market. Nevertheless, jobopportunities for men did not decrease as a result, the economyexpanded, and more jobs were availed[ CITATION Mun12 l 1033 ].On the other hand, older workers have vested time in theorganizations and have invested over twenty years in the company. Itis not true to suggest that older people take away jobs for the younggenerations since the economy keeps on expanding and one day theyoung generation will grow old as well[ CITATION DiG16 l 1033 ].The only responsibility a company is owed to by the employees is afair selection and recruitment process based on skills, andqualifications. Therefore, there is no correlation between olderpeople employment and youth unemployment in the labor market.


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