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What We Lose By Having Ageism In The Workplace

Social Thinking

Posted by on January 15, 2016
Ivan Zhukevich/Unsplash

Ivan Zhukevich/Unsplash

Using innovation, creativity, and dynamic approaches for establishing new standards for living our lives and launching new businesses has enabled our global society to make many quantum leaps today. But all too often, we have allowed our drive for creating new ways to do just about everything to get a little out of hand. Which is why there are as many new generations of companies going out of business at such alarming rates as there currently are today.

Sometimes a seasoned voice needs to be heard in order to inject some practicality in the way we go about creating new standards for the way we live, and for the way we create new companies in today’s global society. Further, there’s a lot to be gained with having seasoned professionals’ perspectives on just about everything―especially when it comes to learning how to lead the right way.

There’s a lot to be gained with having seasoned professionals in the workforce. But here’s what we lose by not having them at all―and ageism instead―in the workplace.

Proven Mettle
More often than not, seasoned professionals would have experienced just about every market downturn, every market boom, and every emerging industry trend there is to think of. The insight they would’ve gained and the lessons they would’ve learned from those experiences could create a new world of knowledge for today’s generation of entrepreneurs and creatives.

It would be counterproductive to not have seasoned professionals at any startup or small business since they would have a far better understanding of how to navigate through the down times a company can go through from time to time, and how not to get overconfident during the great times. That type of proven mettle is priceless, and will always be a valuable commodity regardless of the company and the industry.

When times are challenging for a considerably young entrepreneur or executive, there’s nothing like having a seasoned vet to guide you through making the right strategic decisions. And sometimes, having to make the tough decisions when they’re needed most.

Workplace Wisdom
As innovative as new technologies can be, they are never any match for wisdom. Innovation and creative technologies may open new doors and break new boundaries, but wise decision making will always find a way to make those opportunities for innovation and make those creative technologies have a lasting impact on people for many years to come.

For instance, you could be a superstar user experience designer or an innovative app developer with a great startup concept in mind, but it takes a wealth of experience and several years of successes and failures to be able to understand how to turn that startup into a viable company for the foreseeable future.

Further, it takes a wealth of experience to understand how to navigate through the difficult venture capitalist investors in order to find the truly good, reasonable ones. It takes a seasoned understanding to know how to set up the proper tax and capital expenditure structures to make a company consistently profitable. And it also takes seasoned foresight to be able to assess what the game-changing industry trends will be for your respective startup project/company in the years ahead.

Creating new standards for building new companies may be a fresh and vibrant approach to making a positive impact on the world, but it still takes seasoned wisdom to be able to understand how to best execute those standards so that impact is long lasting and effective.

Sensibility
The dynamic view a seasoned work professional usually has of the world often prevents them from making rash impulsive decisions. Where a relatively new entrepreneur may want to pivot with every emerging trend that happens in the respective industry they’re attempting to disrupt, someone who’s seasoned would understand when to stay the course with their initial strategy―and when to diverge onto a different course of action that would help the company in the long run.

Although an innovative and creative mind is incredibly valuable, a highly sensible and patient mind can be just as valuable and more. To be sensible and to be patient requires an inordinate amount of knowledge and awareness of the way the world works, and how industrial markets operate.

Disrupting any global industry is bold in itself. But continuously finding new and innovative ways to disrupt global industrial markets in the most sensible ways possible is beyond noble―it’s iconic. Which is why Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates are such legends in their own right.

Blend The Seasoned With The New
There’s far more to lose with having ageism in the workplace then there is to gain. Every innovative startup, every mid-size business, and every established corporation relies on innovation. But they also rely on wise, sensible, and seasoned execution just as much―especially when it comes to ensuring that execution makes a long-lasting impact on the world and industrial markets for the better.

There are a number of talented creatives and entrepreneurs out there in the world. However, there are just as many talented creatives and entrepreneurs who are both sensible and wise because they are so seasoned with the number of years they’ve been working in―and disrupting―global industries.

So the next time you’re in the midst of hiring an executive or a creative to your company, you should definitely think long and hard about having the type of seasoned work professionals that can help you navigate through the good times, as well as the extremely volatile ones.

The New Age leaders who are young and vibrant may represent creativity and innovation, but seasoned work professionals are the ones who represent sensibility, sustainability, and wisdom most of all. And it will be the seasoned work professionals who will help to ensure your startup or small business becomes more than just a trendy organization, but an organized force as well.

A force that doesn’t just disrupt industries―but creates new ones too.