The Bright Side in a Graying U.S. Workforce: Viewpoint

By | January 18, 2019

  • January 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    Bill says:
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    Employers should lead the charge to eliminate Social Security benefits reductions for exceeding outside income limits. They disincentivize work and wrongfully reduce an earned and TAXED benefit.

    • January 23, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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      The real reform to Social Security is to uncap the maximum taxable earnings. 80-90% of people pay into Social Security on every dollar they make – it should be everyone.

  • January 18, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    Michael Jortner says:
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    “Age discrimination is alive and well.” Yes. Yes it is. I can vouch for it and it’s why I became an “encore entrepreneur,” starting my own business in 2016. I don’t even apply for jobs anymore because I don’t get responses to my resume. I’m encouraged by the optimism Farrell reports — yet also have to say: it hasn’t been my experience.

    • January 24, 2019 at 8:09 am
      CL PM says:
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      My experience is different than yours. I’ve been in the workforce 39 years and I’m still contacted by recruiters 3-4 times per month about good jobs they are trying to fill. I’m finding if you have valuable skills, opportunity still comes knocking.

  • January 22, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Agent says:
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    Seasoned professionals in our business are far more valuable than than the no nothing young who have no clue what it takes.

    • January 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm
      Captain Planet says:
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      More ad hom attacks from our friends on the right – oh joy!

      I personally feel a duty to pass along the knowledge and skill sets to those younger than otherwise our company will not be a survivor. Those who mentored me years ago did the same for me. And, in tutoring younger talent, I’m actually learning as well. Our company has recently hired from the older demographic. I guess just like any successful sports franchise, you want a decent mix of veteran and young, hungry appetites. Further, to say any certain age group of the workforce doesn’t know anything is simply spiteful, short-sided, and absolutely wrong.

    • January 23, 2019 at 9:09 am
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      And what is your agency’s perpetuation plan?

      Because thats the real topic in the insurance industry. Yes, people work longer, but they can’t work forever. There are people that will need to step in and handle that business to retain it for the agency. Whats the next step? Continue to hire people 55+ for a 5-10 year span, or as long as they can make it?

      You realize you are supposed to teach those no nothing youths, right? That way they can develop into seasoned professionals and grow your business?

      As an older agent, how much prospecting are you still doing? Do you have legs for the industry anymore?

      • January 23, 2019 at 9:10 am
        ??? says:
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        “no nothing young”***

      • January 23, 2019 at 10:55 am
        Captain Planet says:
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        I am going to take a guess here ??? and say he doesn’t have a perpetuation plan. He is a Supply Side Jesus follower who practices in FYIGM. Tammy Faye would be proud.

  • January 22, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
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    Agent wrote: “…the no nothing young…

    Stay in school, kids.

    • January 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm
      rob says:
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      easily one of the funniest comments I’ve read on here in a long time. thanks for the laugh, FPF!

  • January 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Ben Thur says:
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    If a headhunter calls me about a position, the first thing I say is, “Sounds great, I’m 65 years old and looking to work at least another five years.” Then I hear – silence. Then I say, “Call me back if you find a place that doesn’t discriminate against older workers.” And they never do.

    • January 23, 2019 at 9:12 am
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      Funny, in the agency world, at least around here, the headhunters say “Whats your book of business? How would you like to walk that out the door to this agency and receive PE backed stock options?”



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