Is ageism a worry in IT departments?

Yes, it favours older workers in favor of younger ones.25%

Yes, it favors new blood over older workers.49%

No, it's not really a concern.24%

Other, please specify.1%


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Former Chief Technology and People Officer in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It is worry I’m every department. Balance of new thinking with proven track record will continue to be a challenge. The key is diversity!
Former Chief Technology and People Officer in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Should have slowed down on my typing :)
Executive Architect in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
It goes both ways, depending on the existing culture of the company.  I've observed firms where the older (mostly men) tend to diminish ideas and contributions of younger staff members.  And I've seen organizations where the younger guys (again, mostly men) tend to exclude older team members from opportunities to innovate.  Fortunately I am working in a more gender and age-diverse company that values all of its staff based on real contributions.  Bottom line, yes ageism should be a concern, just as much as gender and racial bias.
CTO in Software, 201 - 500 employees
Not a concern, but creating cohesive multigenerational teams is not an easy task 🙂
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
As a  younger worked it favored me, now as an older worker it certainly has gone against me.   I noticed a significant change by the last 25% of my career.
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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

And apparently it’s making the news

Gen X workers may be facing the biggest unemployment crisis, study finds

Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Depends on how you look at it. Younger workers are probably favored in hiring but this is also a function of trying to get away with paying them less due to less experience. They’re also locked out of higher paying positions and advancement opportunities due to a real or perceived lack of experience. Older workers may feel their age is why they get passed up, but they’d also need to consider if they’d take 40-60% of the pay for the same exact work.

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