What a week for aging. According to one study, people age 65 and older will outnumber people age 15 and younger worldwide by the year 2030. This is referred to as a “population plague.”
“Who you callin’ a plague?”
In more bad news for
younger older people, Lydia DePillis, writing for The Washington Post, had an article titled “Baby boomers are taking on ageism — and losing.” From what I could tell, her article revolved around one guy, Dale Kleber, a 60-year-old “Chief Legal Officer/Chief Executive Officer/Senior Executive” who quit a CEO position without having another job lined up . . . while he had two kids in private college and didn’t have enough money saved for a “comfortable” retirement.
As I would tell my kids, “Don’t ever do that!!!!!”
Not surprisingly, Mr. Kleber reportedly had a hard time finding another “Chief Legal Officer/Chief Executive Officer/Senior Executive” job. So he applied for a relatively mundane job with a company seeking a lawyer with seven years’ experience. When he didn’t get the job, he sued the employer. (Or maybe he just filed an EEOC charge. It’s hard to tell from the article.) But, anyway, yeah, I can’t imagine why this employer would reject for this particular job an applicant who has at least 32 years’ legal experience and, since 1988, has been a Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, a Principal and General Counsel, a President, and a CEO.
I am sure it was just his age. The fact that he would, in all likelihood, be miserable and bored to death, and be bossing around his bosses all the time, had nothing to do with it.
I have no doubt that age discrimination exists. But I’m more simpatico with the Baby Boomers in this article from last year — from Rob Walker, “the Workologist” of The New York Times — about successful older employees and how they continue to thrive in the workplace.
“Who you callin’ an entitled special snowflake?”
In the hope of bringing peace and harmony to Millennials and Baby Boomers, here are some tips for each group. (Gen X and Gen Y, you can stand in the middle and keep them from each other’s throats.)