Jean Accius on the widespread impact of leaving older workers behind

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at SXSW EDU 2022

Age discrimination affects more than the older worker, according to Jean Accius, senior vice president for AARP Global Thought Leadership.

WorkingNation sat down with Accius at SXSW EDU in Austin.

He notes there is a real cost associated with discriminating against midcareer workers. And that cost impacts everyone, according to Accius. “Age discrimination stifles economic growth to the tune of about $850 billion in 2018 which impacts all of our us. “All generations are impacted by age discrimination.”

Accius says employers need to think more holistically about their workforce. “Employers have to understand that the future of work is here and that people are living nonlinear lives and they’re living much longer. As a result, we have to design lifelong learning opportunities that are continuous and that are embedded in our culture as an organization.”

People can check out the organization’s Skills Builder for Work as a means of keeping up with in-demand skills.

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