Why you should stop joking about your age at work

Posted on September 9, 2014 by

Do you constantly make jokes at your job about being over-the-hill, out-of-touch or just plain old? You may want to knock it off. In a recent article, Fast Company magazine identifies cracking self-deprecating jokes as one of the top mistakes new managers make at work. If you’re getting on in years, know that making fun of your own age likely won’t help and could seriously hurt your career prospects. 

“Don’t sabotage yourself in a multigenerational workplace,” management expert Lindsey Pollak tells the source. She advises against playing into age generalizations by admitting you’re bad at technology or joking that you are always in bed by 8 p.m. 

While age discrimination is illegal, talking about how your age influences your job performance, even in jest, could create a subtle bias against you in the minds of some supervisors. If you are hoping to succeed in your career, you should strive to seem energetic, alert and prepared, not like you are struggling to keep up. 

We have previously discussed on this blog how more 50-somethings are reportedly investing in cosmetic surgery for the sake of professional advancement. In this day and age, the job market is competitive, with lots of ambitious young workers vying for open positions and promotions. If you are worried that your age could be holding you back at work, this is one way to take action. After all, when we look and feel our best, good things start to happen! 

If you are interested in looking refreshed, reinvigorated and younger than your years, contact Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation. As one of the best plastic surgeons in Miami, Christopher Craft, M.D., can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. 

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