Why is workplace ageism in Singapore increasing?


Ageism harms corporations as well as individuals. If a corporation does not actively combat ageism, it is more likely to incur losses than gain. Here, we will take Covid 19 pandemic into account.

The epidemic has already wreaked havoc on many age groups in the workplace. According to Rest Less, there has been an increase in age-related unemployment; the number of over-50s laid off nearly quadrupled to 107,000 between last November and January 2021.

According to a poll conducted earlier this year, 44 percent of respondents had encountered age discrimination at work and 48 percent during the recruiting process. 40% felt they were sidelined or excluded from workplace conversations, and 24% claimed they had faced prejudice in terms of promotion.

Older Employees are more Vulnerable

Older employees (those over the age of 70) are thought to be more vulnerable to Covid-19 and have suffered as a result. Employers have been using Covid-19 to make older people redundant, putting them at a disadvantage while hunting for new jobs. Employers have also kept more costly older workers on leave for extended periods while bringing younger staff back sooner. Many individuals have reassessed their skill set and are searching for a career transition, which is more difficult to accomplish as you become older.

Many women who experienced burnout during the epidemic are already experiencing ageism at 40. Since employers believe they have less drive and energy than their younger counterparts. Menopause attitudes are mostly avoidant; most male leaders have little or no comprehension of this stage in every woman’s life and equate it with the end of a woman’s capacity to contribute. Younger people anxious to get a foot on the career ladder have struggled to find work or were forced to labor alone at home, unable to learn from coworkers.

Valuable Experience And Information at Risk

Businesses will lose valuable experience and information that senior employees have accumulated over time. This experience may also lead to increased confidence and competence, two qualities that contribute to a company’s overall productivity and efficiency, and the maintenance or enhancement of a reputation for integrity and industry expertise – all of which will be limited or absent due to ageism.

Younger coworkers may be granted exclusive opportunities for training or more exciting initiatives. Age-related remarks or jokes about coworkers are all too typical.

These are a few reasons why is workplace ageism in singapore increasing.