I read an article recently talking about employee retention. There was a comment made about mature workers that are "more likely to stay with you due to financial obligations and the difficulty in finding new jobs as one ages"
This is a valid point, but why would you want anyone with this criteria? This describes a person that has settled in life, doesn't realize they have choice or a voice and will likely not bring anything of value to the table in the way of innovative new ideas.
There is a big difference between the person like this and the person that decides on a job and hangs their hat there for years because they are engaged and fulfilled in their work. They are not there because of financial obligations or fear of not finding another job. They are there because they want to be....they believe in the company, the people and the purpose and they want to play a role in making a difference. They are not looking for where the grass is greener...they are happy and fulfilled where they are.
In hiring it is equally important to know what not to look for as well as what you prefer.
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader