Culture has a lot to do with attitude, and how things are expressed.
If you think that expressing your “culture” is having “beer friday” and “wall climbs” and “all night hackfests”, you’re going to find that you’re excluding some of the older employees simply by default.
The culture should be one where quality of work is valued. Where who hangs out at what bar doesn’t determine who gets promoted or hired (although, too frequently that’s the case.)
Older employees often have families, and will tirn in their work to go home to be with them – not spend time after work doing more work to “bond.”
So, to make your culture more older-employee friendly, create plenty of experiences and time within the normal work hours for this bonding to happen.
Have conversation areas.
Create a nice lunch room, with communal tables.
Instead of beer-o-clock do an afternoon tea, or morning coffee.
Do brown bag sessions where employees can share expertise and mingle.
Little things like that can make it a more open environment and much more welcoming to people who would otherwise feel left out from “after school activities.”
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/How-should-startups-make-sure-their-workplace-culture-is-friendly-to-older-employees
Originally Posted On: 2016-06-11