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shutterstock_189270557Interesting piece in this week’s Economist about the benefits of employing older workers.

“. . . older workers’ contribution is more likely to show up in group performance than in traditional individual performance metrics (how many widgets someone makes per hour) . . .

. . . the contribution of older workers materialises in the increased productivity of those around them . . .

. . . In repetitive work, productivity does seem to fall with age, but in knowledge-based jobs, age seems to make no difference to performance . . .

. . . And when such jobs also require social skills (as in the case of financial advisers, for example), productivity actually increases with age . . . . That should give older knowledge workers an advantage in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), where social skills may be at a premium.

Older workers unite! We’re not on the shelf yet!

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