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Ageism: A lingering issue in the workplace

By Robyn Tongol | |3 minute read

In this episode of The HR Leader, Sue Parker, a career strategist and communications expert and owner of DARE Group Australia, discusses the prevalent issue of ageism in the workplace.


Ageism, which affects both the younger and older generations, is a form of discrimination that can have detrimental effects on individuals and businesses.

Sue emphasises the need for awareness, introspection, and change to combat ageism effectively, as it is often overlooked compared to other forms of discrimination like racism and sexism.

Ageism has significant consequences for both individuals and businesses. It can lead to decreased productivity, disengagement, and a loss of self-esteem.

To combat ageism, it is crucial for individuals to examine their own biases and challenge assumptions based on age. To effectively address ageism, it must be given a seat at the table in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies.



Ageism, often known as age discrimination, is the act of treating someone unjustly because of their age. In the workplace, this might manifest as a person being passed over for a job or promotion, older workers being denied benefits or early termination of employment.