With our current pink-slip job market, it is no wonder that the mature worker (45+) is enjoying and/or seeking positions that are, for the most part, considered a substantial down-shift in positioning, given their tenure, and thus, assumed levels of expertise.
One of the major reasons that mature workers are willing to engage in lower level positions is of primary importance to this particular group of professionals.
For one thing, lower level positions offer a significant decrease in the ‘stresses’ often present in the higher level responsibilities. While the salary is not comparable, this decrease in stress level assumes more value and attraction for the mature worker.
In addition to this, having accomplished their desired career goals prior to taking career down-shifts, other factors come into play that offer potential employers with mature workers that are able to hit the ground running, are dedicated, and have a realistic, mature attitude toward their roles and the professional contributions they intend to impart.
The mature worker is reliable, conscientious, can think on their feet and make intelligent decisions through their well-honed critical thinking skill sets, and have a different attitude toward their employer, and their roles within an organization.
The days of healthy competition with their co-workers, reaching for the promotions, or votes of popularity amongst their peers, are long passed. The mature worker is present simply to perform their job, and perform it well, often beyond the expectations of their employer.
One of the primary reasons for this is the fact that mature workers tend to take an ‘own business’ type of mentality toward their roles versus coming in, learning what they can, and moving on to another firm, or competitor in the field.
Some Major Benefits of Hiring the ‘Mature Worker’
- Hit the ground running;
- Pose no career threat to co-workers;
- Mature attitude and understanding of responsibility;
- Willing to work hard;
- Reliable and dedicated to their firm;
- Typically a quick study – ready, willing, & able to learn new routines;
- Normally well liked and immediately accepted into group;
- Solid work history and references – knowledge to share if/when asked;
- Can lead by example;
- More likely to adhere to and accept company core values;
- Willing to take on ‘rote roles’ - decreased ‘pressure’ or ‘stresses’;
- Do not pose employee retention challenges for HR; and
- Typically ‘cost effective’ expense (salary, added value, thrifty, practical, low absenteeism).