“I Was Old, And So I Was Invisible”: Ageism At Digital Ad Shops
It all started with a beer wagon being pushed around at work. Everyone was under 27, and he was 53. The wagon did not stop at his cubicle.
He said that “It was like a fraternity house … I was old, and so I was invisible.”
This is the theme of a piece written in Digiday – “a growing phenomenon of agency discrimination against employees over the age of 50.”
The article notes: “It manifests in multiple ways. For example, agency executives proudly tout how the average age of their shops is a green 27. Another example emerges from the accounts of people who say they were pushed out of agencies when they turned 50 or 55. … It’s a two-pronged problem. One, there is an assumption, often wrong, that older employees don’t understand social media. And there’s the fact that younger staffers often just come cheaper.”
This is another article which reaffirms what all folks of a certain age know. Which leads us to the “takeaway.”
Takeaway: The article provides a nice quote which is today’s takeaway:
“On the recruiting end, people say it’s no secret that the search process values youth. … The problem, though, is that youth can’t run a company.”