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Offline MH

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Re: Age Discrimination at IBM
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2018, 02:38:20 pm »
IMO, diversity of abilities is far more important in most workplace than diversity based on things like sex/age/country of origin etc.  It's invaluable to have different people with different strengths to bring to the table.  You can have 5 employees all doing the same job working on the same project, but with different talents/strengths and having those recognized and taken advantage of you can create some amazing things, everyone will look at a problem and have different great ideas to bring to the table that will add up to success.

Sure, but you won't get that insight until someone has been on the ground for awhile.

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Diversity based on gender/race etc. can be valuable as well because different groups see the world through a different lens and bring those different perspectives to the table, but that would depend on the type of work too.  ie:  having group diversity within a  roadwork crew isn't going to have much benefits compared to in an HR office.

There's not really much value other than it shows your firm doesn't limit hiring and it opens up the pool of opportunities you can pick from.  My industry is different in that we are always very much looking for people and can't find them.  It's not like the proverbial new Walmart that has 1,500 people who apply to be a door greeter.

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Re: Age Discrimination at IBM
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2018, 02:39:44 pm »
The thing with a tech company is that age can play a huge part.  I don't work in the tech field but in my workplace I noticed younger people are more tech-savy, able to pick up new software and hardware quicker, sometimes far quicker, are able to generally type faster etc.  Millennial grew up with computers in the home their whole lives and were typing at a very young age & computers were a fundamental part of their schooling unlike previous generations.  To millennials, touch-typing is like walking to them, for older generations a lot still type with 2 fingers.

Its a mix.  In my experience good people want to learn from the experiences the others have.  It's about creating a strong team with complimentary skills, a variety of experience and youth and so on.

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Re: Age Discrimination at IBM
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2018, 02:41:03 pm »
It does for anyone working for the government. When was the last time you heard of municipal, provincial or federal workers laid off in any substantial numbers? Not to mention teachers.

Right.  And so their security becomes a special hell which is lack of mobility. 

 

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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2018, 06:25:02 pm »
Right.  And so their security becomes a special hell which is lack of mobility.

Not necessarily. I know people who have bounced around throughout the government, from one department to another to another.
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2018, 07:06:07 pm »
Not necessarily. I know people who have bounced around throughout the government, from one department to another to another.

I never thought of that.  I only have experience with teachers and with civil servants in small towns with no option of moving, so you are correct.

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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2018, 08:18:00 pm »
It's not like the proverbial new Walmart that has 1,500 people who apply to be a door greeter.

You mean security guard. heh heh
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Re: Age Discrimination at IBM
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2018, 07:02:07 am »
You mean security guard. heh heh

?  I don't get it.  I want to get it.