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It cracks me up about this younger-people-are-more-productive myth. People in their 30s and 40s are having/raising children. That means maternity/paternity leave, doctor's appoinments, staying home with sick kids, having to go to soccer games on Saturdays, take kiddos to and from ballet on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- and picking them up from after-school care no later than 6.
Contrast that with someone in their late 50s, who can stay late on weekdays, work weekends and not have to take time off during school spring break. And on top of that is eager to work and learn because they know their age makes them vulnerable. Yes, our healthcare may cost more -- but by late 50s many won't have their kids on their insurance anymore.
If only corporate America understood this, and paid attention.
@yourmomma totally agree about knowing where your employer makes its money. But a lot of employers make their money by laying people off or don't really have a clear profit motive (ie. nonprofit) or getting rid of people is the profit motive or the worker is literally just there to keep the lights on - nonprofits, health care, retail. I think the biggest crisis is a crisis of lack of meaningful jobs. Even meaningful jobs like EMT are paid rock-bottom in our society and seen as expendable. How do you argue that you are an Important Worker when the actual work most of us do is generally considered to be unimportant, even things like teaching?
In the nonprofit world, I watched grant writers and fundraisers become king. The people who actually carry out the work all got laid off. The actual work used to be considered essential for good donor relations but it's all smoke and mirrors now.
I would change "boss" to "owner". Even "bosses" are vulnerable. Unless you own the company outright, there is no such thing as job security anymore.