The renowned monthly publication INC. magazine recently interviewed Kevin Dent, CEO of Michigan-based, Exterior Services Management® company DENTCO, to exchange insights on the advantages of hiring older workers.
The underlying cause of debate was prompted by age discrimination that many older workers encounter during the hiring process. Companies attempting to streamline workflow with a fresh perspective often assume the solution is to hire younger employees. They also express concerns that an older hire may face conflict in a subordinate role to a younger manager.
Dent has been hiring retired professionals eager to earn additional income. The driving force for Dent, in hiring older workers, is their flexibility and professional communication skills acquired over the years. For Dent, the blend of older and younger employees builds a strong dynamic in the workforce.
Dent assures that the results in hiring older workers have been positive. "It's worked miraculously well. I'm a 55-year-old baby boomer, and I feel there's a whole different work ethic with senior citizens. They know how to handle people at the sites, make great ambassadors, and have empathy and discipline. They meet their commitments," said Dent.
Aside from senior citizens meeting their commitments, they also have a wealth of knowledge and experience from which young professionals can benefit. New and forward-thinking ideas on streamlining jobs often originate from young professionals. Older workers, however, have the experience and foresight to help make the company function more agreeably. The diversity in experience, ideas and work ethics is enhancing workplaces across the nation. DENTCO plans to continue hiring older workers to make the business more complementary.
DENTCO, a Dent Enterprises Company, is a full-service Exterior Services Management® (ESM®) company that has developed a unique centralized approach to manage your facility's exterior. Applying more than 30 years of exterior experience, DENTCO helps clients consolidate, centralize, reduce costs and realize the importance of quality-assured services. DENTCO employees' performance of hands-on ESM philosophies, supported by our robust EQM application, allows facility managers to oversee their locations nationally via the Internet.
For more information on DENTCO, call 800-993-3689