Silver Lining

Hesitant about hiring older workers? Then you're ignoring a talented labor pool.

How many of your employees are older than you? Your current answer doesn't matter -- quite soon you'll likely report that many of your workers are older, and, what's more, you'll be singing their praises.

"Initially, it was very awkward for me to hire and manage older people," admits Jay Goltz, 42, owner of three Artists' Frame Service stores, a $10 million business in Chicago, and author of The Street-Smart Entrepreneur (Addicus Books). "But that was 20 years ago when I was 22 and everybody was older than me. It took time for me to get comfortable with managing older workers, but today, I'd guess one-third of my 120 employees are older. And I have absolutely no complaints about that."

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This article was originally published in the February 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Silver Lining.

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