Ageism in the workplace is discrimination against employees based on their age. It can manifest itself during hiring, during career advancement or other workplace decisions that refer to age rather than qualifications or performance. For example, during the hiring process, older candidates may not be considered, or older employees may be considered unable to learn new skills or adapt to new technologies. Ageism can also manifest itself in the form of stereotypes and prejudices, such as the assumption that older or older workers are less productive, innovative, or communicative.
It is important for organizations to create an inclusive and equitable environment in which all employees are valued for their skills, experience and contributions, regardless of age. This can be achieved through a policy and corporate culture that promotes diversity viaequal opportunities for all, and actively working to address any type of harassment, stereotyping, and negative comments.