Build a More Inclusive Workplace: Include Older Americans in Diversity Recruitment Efforts
May 19, 2023

Recently, there has been an increased focus on creating a more inclusive workplace by prioritizing diversity and inclusion in recruitment efforts. However, older Americans have often been overlooked in diversity recruiting efforts, despite the many benefits they can bring to the workforce. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers aged 65 and older in the labor force is projected to increase by 56.9% from 2016 to 2026. Employers can benefit from their valuable experience, stability, reliability, and diversity of thought by including older Americans in the workforce.

Moreover, employers can take several practical steps to effectively recruit older Americans. One approach is to tap into organizations catering to older workers, such as the AARP Foundation or the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Another strategy is to use social media and online platforms to reach out to older Americans, such as LinkedIn or job search engines that cater to older job seekers, like Employers can also host job fairs or networking events targeting older job seekers and offer flexible work arrangements, such as part-time or job-sharing positions, that can accommodate their needs. 

In addition to these recruitment strategies, employers should consider creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture that values older workers. This can involve providing training and development opportunities to help older workers acquire new skills and adapt to changes in the workplace. 

Employers can also promote intergenerational collaboration and mentorship programs to facilitate knowledge-sharing and relationship-building between older and younger workers. 

Finally, employers should ensure that their policies and practices are inclusive and non-discriminatory towards all, including older workers, such as avoiding age-related stereotypes or biases in hiring decisions.

At HR Anew, we specialize in creating innovative and forward-thinking diversity recruitment strategies that prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all job seekers, including older Americans. Our team of experts can work with you to develop customized solutions for recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can support your organization’s growth and success through diversity recruitment, at