EP 287: Ageism in the Workplace in Midlife with Patti Temple Rocks


What You’ll Learn from this Episode about Ageism in the Workplace in Midlife with Patti Temple Rocks

  • What it’s like to start to notice ageism in the workplace in midlife.
  • Why it can be jarring when you realize that “you’re not done” but your employer has a different plan for you.
  • Why ageism is a form of discrimination.
  • Why ageism can actually be worse for women.
  • How women are held to different standards regarding the way they look.
  • How the “conspiracy of silence” may be playing out regarding ageism at your workplace.
  • Why you might feel left behind or invisible in your career and what to do about it.
  • Why the combination of your wisdom, experience, and emotional intelligence as an older worker is an incredibly undervalued “soft skill.”
  • Why it’s important to talk about your age at work to help people understand what that age really looks like.
  • Why thinking about “skill accumulation” and “strength accumulation” can be a huge asset when considering age as a benefit.

Welcome to another episode of the Women in the Middle Podcast

Today’s episode is about ageism in the workplace in midlife. Most of us believe ageism exists and our conversation will really help you appreciate a greater perspective on the whole issue.

My guest today is ageism expert and author Patti Temple Rocks.

Over the course of an impressive four-decade career, Patti has held senior leadership positions in three different sectors of the communications industry: PR, advertising, and corporate client side. She served as the Chief Communications Officer for The Dow Chemical Company and Chief Reputation Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwise.

She is an inspirational leader, builder of teams, creative thinker, problem-solver, and agent of change.

Patti is passionate about discussing and fighting age discrimination and helping people understand how ageism stunts business growth and reflects poorly on our society. She writes about these topics in her new book I’m Still Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace.

As a public speaker and consultant, Patti works with businesses that wish to change for the better and implement effective practices to fight ageism in the workplace. During her impressive career in marketing and advertising, her valuable ideas and strategies were implemented by world-class organizations including Mcdonald’s, Unilever, Bacardi, and Walmart.

Ageism and age discrimination in the workplace is more common than you might think.

Ageism is in midlife is likely worse for women. Join us today to understand what to look for, how to prepare yourself and how to talk about it.

Please enjoy this interview!


Connect with Patti Temple Rocks

Patti Temple Rocks’ website: Visit http://imnotdone.rocks

Book: I’m Still Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace

Featured on this Episode:

The research mentioned: Age, emotion regulation strategies, burnout, and engagement in the service sector: Advantages of older workers https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1576596217300403

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Ageism and Age Discrimination Fact Sheet

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