Much has been said about the growing lack of skilled and talented workers in the US. In fact, the talent shortage is actually slowing down business growth. According to the Wall Street Journal in a July 2014 article, “33% of small-business owners and chief executives said they had unfilled job openings in June because they couldn’t identify qualified applicants, up from 31% of 811 owners nearly two years ago.” It’s even more difficult today. Finding Qualified Quality Applicants shouldn’t be that hard and older workers are an untapped resource that shoe be given serious consideration.
What makes me shake my head in amused disbelief is that many companies experiencing talent shortages are also experiencing slow or low productivity. While they may be profitable, they are nowhere close to the levels they could achieve. All because of the limiting beliefs created by myth. That myth is based on a mantra that states “We won’t hire older workers.”