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Older adults are good employees, official says

OFFICE on Aging Director Walter Manglona said he will continue to educate employers about what older workers can contribute to the workforce.

“Their knowledge, their skills, their abilities — why not hire an older worker?” he said in his remarks during the National Employ Older Workers Week celebration at the Saipan Senior Center in Chinatown.

Manglona also mentioned the Senior Community Service Employment Program for the elderly.

He said program participants gain work experience through a variety of community-service activities at non-profit and governmental agencies, including schools, hospitals, and senior centers.

The participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the federal minimum wage.

“This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants,” Manglona said.

Employers, he added, should hire older workers because they are “dedicated workers” who can “produce higher quality work, which can result in significant cost savings for the company or the entity.”

He said older adults are also punctual because most of them look forward to going to work each day.

Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona talks about the advantages of employing older adults in the  Saipan Senior Center in Chinatown.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoOffice on Aging Director Walter Manglona talks about the advantages of employing older adults in the  Saipan Senior Center in Chinatown. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Moreover, honesty is common among older workers whose values as a group include personal integrity and a devotion to the truth, Manglona said.

Older adults are detail-oriented, focused, attentive and good listeners, he added.

“Pride in a job well done has become an increasingly rare commodity among younger employees. Younger workers want to put in their time at work and leave, while older employees are more willing to stay later to get a job done because of their sense of pride in the final product,” Manglona said.

Older adults have organizational skills, are efficient and willing to share their recommendations and ideas, he added.

They are mature, have great communication skills and would set an example for other employees, he said.

 “Older workers understand workplace politics and know how to diplomatically convey their ideas to the boss. Older workers make excellent mentors and role models, which makes training other employees less difficult.”

Manglona said reduced labor costs are another benefit when hiring older workers.

“Most already have insurance plans from prior employers or have an additional source of income and are willing to take a little less to get the job they want. They understand that working for a company can be about much more than just collecting a paycheck.”