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12 things to never say to older and younger coworkers


To an Older Coworker: “Do you know how to use email?”

Older nurses always get a bad rap for not being able to learn new tasks or technology, yet there’s really no evidence that says older people are less likely to be able to learn new tricks than they are at any other time in their lives.

This question, along with any question that challenges the prospective technological competence of an older worker, should be avoided in the workplace. Email has been around since the ‘80s, and research also shows that older workers have been using computers (or some form of them) for the past 20 years.

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