Fight Back Against Aging Out
The feeling of being left behind in the workplace is never a good vibe. The subtle signs could be a significant difference in your fashion preferences, or the morning conversations at the coffee pot. The signs could also be direct with snide comments about retirement. If you aren’t ready to call it quits, then by no means should you just roll over and play dead.
You can take action to protect yourself in the workplace, but you can also fight against the public’s mentality. The first defense is to be keenly aware of what is going on around you. Here are a few things you may have heard:
- “You’ve been here so long. When are you retiring?”
- “Your position must be very stressful these days.”
- “Teaching an old dog new tricks is tough.”
- “You probably have more experience than we really need.”
- “Don’t you think a fresh approach would be better?”
If these statements are infiltrating your conversations with others, then it is time to give them a fresh approach. Freshen up your wardrobe and your personal style with some youthful options. If you have clothing that is 5 years old, it is time to toss it. This will give your self-confidence a distinct boost, and get your creative juices flowing again.
Check out the hottest books on self-improvement. Topics about change and leadership in the workplace may be the way to go. Don’t worry about fitting in. It is time to stand out, and stand up! Don’t try to act 25, when you are 52. You are graceful, smart, and classy. If you aren’t tech savvy, take some courses on Lynda.com, Youtube, or just visit your local Apple Store. The resources are out there.
Let your workplace know that all of your experience is a fountain of wisdom to draw from. The power of attraction is just as real in the workplace. A positive attitude, a bright smile, and a motivated mind will outlast any modern hipster that is just there for a paycheck.