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Ageism in the workforce and in the industry

Ageism refers to the stereotypical and prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory treatment of people based on their age. Watch the video and gain an understanding of ageism in the workforce and in the industry.

In 2050, in OECD the percentage of adults over 50 years old will increase from 37 to 45 %, this means more older workers. Extending working lives and a higher employment rate of older workers means a boost of GDP per capita of 19%. So, why age is still considered a problematic element when we think about employees and also our own working life?

Older people in particular often face discrimination in their capacity as workers as well as clients and consumers, even though older workers are not necessarily less healthy, less educated, less skilled or less productive.

In this webinar, members of the European Network EuroAgeism  will provide an in-depth understanding of ageism in the workforce and in the industry by presenting examples of discrimination in the labour market such as discrimination during job interviews and application procedures. More so, they will provide examples of how ageism might influence inclusiveness in the organizational environment such as in the case of using and implementing new digital technologies.

EuroAgeism is a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, science-policy international network of researchers, policy makers and social and health care professionals. The EuroAgeism network is dedicated to the training of a new generation of Early-Stage Researchers from all over the world in the field of ageing and ageism.

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