Surviving as an Old in the Tech World | Backchannel
Companies can thrive without shunning employees of a certain age. Here’s how.
Interesting take on work in the valley and in the tech industry, ageism, and how to make offices and work environments more inclusive for everyone - not just older folk.
“I’ve thought about that brief exchange a lot since—and it was in no way particular to Google. Age awareness is a funny thing. I’m 66 now and I don’t dye my hair or hide my age. But this confidence comes in part from working in tech businesses for many years, among—and increasingly for—people 10, 20, and even 30 years younger than me. I haven’t always liked it, but it’s the norm. I’m used to it. So used to it, in fact, that I’m quite skeptical of legacy companies that value hierarchy and old-school protocols above all. (You know the ones: They live by “We’ve always done it this way.”) I wouldn’t want to work in a place where management is close to my age without a gold-plated guarantee they share the “Let’s try it and see” outlook of younger companies.”Posted on 2019-11-10T22:01:26+0000