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When Google hired Karen Wickre, she was already 52 years old – which made her one of the oldest Google employees at the time. In this Wired article, she raises awareness for the predicament in which companies with an emphasis on youthfulness can place older employees. Wickre lists eight recommendations to help companies adjust their models for career opportunities and other benefits in ways that take into account their older employees. The older you are the more getAbstract recommends this article to you, your company's managers and HR team.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many companies tend to overlook age discrimination,
  • Why retaining older employees – “the olds” – is beneficial and
  • How to create an age-inclusive environment.

About the Author

Karen Wickre has worked at several Silicon Valley companies, including Google and Twitter.



Even companies that aim for a diverse workforce seldom address age bias. Those affected hesitate to draw attention to their age, and age discrimination can come disguised under the cloak of restructuring or other operational changes. Change in eight areas could help your company make the most of “the olds” in your workforce: 

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    Bill Gamble 10 months ago
    Wow, first summary I've read and have a positive to-do list at my company already! This is awesome.

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