Are you too old? How about too young? Either way, it might work against you in today’s job market.
At least that’s the news from the Wall Street Journal, which recently ran a feature story about the challenges that both younger and older workers face today. Guess it’s best to be about 35 or so these days.
Labor lawyers interviewed by the Journal say that employees in their 20s and 30s are more at risk of layoffs today because their employers are hoping to avoid age-discrimination lawsuits. To do this, a growing number of them are adopting the dreaded “last one in, first one out” policy.
Some young childless workers told the Wall Street Journal that they worry that they are being targeted in layoffs, while their co-workers with families to support are protected.
For selfish reasons, I like the idea of keeping the workers with families employed. Of course, that’s because I have a family of my own, and I like the idea of keeping my job, no matter how frustrating it can be.
The perfect solution, though, would be for employers to lay off the lay-offs for a while. I think companies have already cut to the bone. Sometimes I wonder if they’re laying off more people just because this seems like the perfect time to cut expenses by forcing remaining employees to work harder than ever.
There’s no proof of that, of course. But I do have my suspicions.