Canadians generally find older workers valuable, survey finds

David  July 24, 2012

By Robert Hiltz
Postmedia New

The saying goes: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and it seems half of Canadians agree.

In a poll from Ipsos Reid for Postmedia News, 51 per cent said they thought older workers were more difficult to train on new processes and technology than younger ones.

The figures show a generational divide.

Seventy-one per cent of people 18-34 agreed the mature worker is a training challenge, but only 43 per cent of those over that age felt this way.

Broadly, however, the survey showed the population tends to value older workers and not consider them as a problem in the workforce.

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