With so many people taking better care of themselves, the workforce is getting older, and nothing is slowing these athletes down.
In 2015, the team at Precision Metrics has enjoyed seeing a new trend with clients as they have sought out the more "established" candidate. They offer unique layers of value that often come from all the time they've put in throughout their career.
Here are some of the powerful benefits that can be difficult to find these days:
° Natural Born Challengers -
Every company needs "Challengers" to help move the needle and yes, some people can learn some of the aspects of this approach. However, the older employer didn't have access to this training years ago. If they have enjoyed success throughout their career because they have been a Challenger - consider yourself very lucky to have them on your team.
° Fewer Distractions from Technology-
We all embrace technology these days, but what we find with the more seasoned employee is that they are not as distracted with social media, texting and personal email as their younger counterpart. This offers a significant benefit; their focus remains on work and therefore employers are getting more value. Companies are not paying employees to engage with friends when they should be working.
° Stability -
The 50+ employee will often tell us, the recruiter, that they want to be in their next role for a 4 or 5 year run. The younger, more inexperienced candidate can sometimes be okay with moving around every 18 months or so. The hiring, training, building pipeline and ramp up can take almost a year. To lose your employee a short time later is a waste of time, money and resources.
° Mentors -
A by-product of bringing the older employee on board is their ability to teach others. They've already made the mistakes, know what works and what doesn't, and they typically love to share their ideas on what has lead them to success. Taking advantage of their experience and their willingness to mentor others is an ideal way to get even more value from your hire.
When Precision Metrics talks to interested candidates for our firm, we take all of these factors into consideration to understand the significance of these benefits.