There should be no shame in age–whatever yours may be. Whether you are just beginning your career, pivoting to a new one after decades of experience, or continuing a longtime occupation, you should never feel ashamed of the years you’ve lived or worked.
That’s one of the reasons why Age Equity Alliance is committed to normalizing age and aging in the workplace. Our vision has always focused on making Age Equity a core value in every workplace.
However, culture change initiatives take time, and workplace age equity is no exception. It bears all of us repeating the message to raise awareness–the first step in any change initiative. Reinforcement of these messages is vital, along with an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions in a safe environment.
In fact, the only way to truly create a workplace culture of inclusion is for everyone to work together.
The bottom line?
Our successes are because of advocates like you who share our messages and help raise awareness about negative age assumptions, bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. And a year in review shows that 2021 was an excellent year for age equity and AEA!
The Year in Review
In the first 100 days, we produced 100 short educational videos on the AEA Youtube channel (most less than three minutes). Those videos received more than 4,300 views equating to more than 93 hours of awareness building and education!
Throughout 2021, AEA provided keynote speeches and virtual education to both private industry and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and U.K. As a result of our efforts, we were invited to become knowledge experts for a global collaboration between AARP, the World Health Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Living, Learning, and Earning Longer project seeks to build consensus among stakeholders on principles, best practices, and business rationale to support a multigenerational, inclusive workforce. A perfect fit for AEA’s focus on workplace age equity “across the age spectrum!”
We ended the year with a day of giving on Giving Tuesday. In addition to tripling our 2020 donors, we also gave back by providing complementary training and interviews on key themes. All of those sessions are available to everyone to view on our website and youtube channels. The website resources also offer key messaging to share on your favorite social media channel.
What’s In Store for 2022?
In February, AEA continues to spread the age equity message with a keynote for CoreNet Global. CoreNet is an American nonprofit corporate real estate association based in Atlanta, Georgia. It represents executives in 50 countries who manage the real estate assets of large corporations, and its members include half of the Forbes Global 2000.
We continue to see increased interest in our EveryGen program assisting Employee Resource Groups in adding a multigenerational, age-equitable resources to expand their company’s equity and inclusion footprint.
This year we’ll also add online training options so employees can access a variety of age-related training 24/7.
Finally, AEA will continue collaborating with other organizations in the age space, doing all we can to maximize efforts. Together, we can make a difference.