One of the hardest-hit groups in the labour market throughout the COVID-19 pandemic could be those aged 55 and older.
The conclusion of a 2011 Statistics Canada study concerning the last three recessions found that in a severe economic downturn, a higher proportion of older Canadians with greater seniority were laid off compared to their younger counterparts. An employer cannot fire/lay off an older worker because of their age. That would make the termination discriminatory and a violation of the employee’s human rights under the Human Rights Code.
Millions of working Canadians have seen their employment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian employers were actively recruiting for an estimated 815,800 positions in June 2021 but yet tenure career professionals are having a hard time landing the interviews and job offers.
Are there myths for older career professionals?
Older workers are counting the days until retirement
Older workers don’t have up to date skills
Older workers dislike reporting to younger managers
Older workers are not coachable and high-maintenance
Older workers are not quick learners, they are slow at learning new things.
Older workers are not flexible with a quick change
Older workers have a hard time with change management
Older workers will only accept high salaries