Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Writng Task 2 Ex.1

Here is a typical Writing Task 2.You should write 250 words

People point to the number of presidents and to the rulers who come to power at an advanced age, or artists and famous people who achieve success late in life as one of the arguments against age discrimination in the work place. What are the dangers of such discrimination? Do you feel age discrimination should be banned or do you feel that there are certain jobs that should e open to younger people

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Blogger teacher said...

Age discrimination in workplace has been prevalent in both the developing as well as the developed world in some form or the other. People are often judged by how old they are and not how much they know or how efficient they are. This discrimination is visible during the process of hiring, promotions and retirement. Although certain jobs could be well suited for younger people, it is my contention that judging efficiency based on the age factor alone is irrational and counterproductive.

It is common belief that as people grow older they tend to be less productive as the aging process has a telling effect on their capacity to perform. Compared to their younger counterparts, older people, so this argument goes, are less agile and suffer from old-age ailment such as loss of mental faculties and senile decay. However, my observation is that this has more to do with the physical health of an individual than his age. People who do regular exercise, eat right are less prone to such ailments than people who don’t, regardless of age. Older people are more experienced and knowledgeable, and compared to their younger counterpart, should take less time in making critical decisions which can impact production itself. In fact, when it comes to making such decisions older people are more confident and less prone to error.

Another argument for age discrimination is that older people resist changes that could potentially enhance the efficiency and productivity of the company. In this way, so goes the argument, older people are less inclined to take up new and challenging assignment and thereby kill the dynamism of a company. This argument assumes that it is due to age alone that workers resist changes or are less proactive in taking new initiatives. However, recent studies in business process reengineering have found this phenomenon has more to do with the fear of loss of power and control and can impact workers of any age. Besides, older people are supposed to be at the top tier of the company making exactly the decisions that call for bringing in changes in the ways companies do business. Further, there is no rationale as to why older people would be reluctant to take new assignment. In fact, to break monotony new assignments are more welcome.

Contrary to the common practice, companies should treat older people with vast experience as more of an asset than a liability. Companies should abandon age discrimination and hire people purely on merit such as educational qualifications, recent work experience and achievements. Once on board, older people should be allowed to continue for as long as they perform and deliver. Companies would do well in recognizing the fact that it is its older workforce that can act like a real-life walking experience database which can enable it to take the right decision at the right time with lesser margin of error.

In conclusion, government should be well advised to treat its older citizens with due care and honour. It’s true that poets, artists, scientist and even politicians tend to produce their best in later part of their life establishing the fact wisdom comes with age. Government should step in and totally ban any form of discrimination based on the age factor for the well being of both, the public and private sectors as well as the nation in large.

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