Telma 10 years!
Dear reader, where were you when the first number of Telma came out ten years ago? If you are now retired, you may remember having been in work life at that time. For the rest of us, this novelty in the newspaper world isn’t remembered as such a big deal. In my opinion, age management is nevertheless a very suitable theme of this 10-year anniversary issue of Telma.
Human beings are individuals, and individuality is also a part of a person’s age. More than once, I have heard the claim that we men never grow up. This may of course be an old cliché, but all the same, it makes you think about the more profound nature of aging. Have we really understood what age management is all about, when a person’s chronologic age has been the only criterion for managing people? Why do the programmes developed for senior employees at workplaces sound almost like terminal care, although that most certainly hasn’t been their goal?
In my opinion, equality in management is manifested in such a way that employees are not categorized according to age or any other factor into a group that needs some kind of special treatment. Left-handed persons at workplaces are not subjected to “handedness programmes” and managed in a different way. So why are people of different ages seen as a problem?
Telma approaches the challenging topic of age management through splendid examples. Ignoring age programmes and instead focussing on management that utilizes the individual strengths and differences of people, often leads to an innovative and enthusiastic atmosphere. This in turn has been shown to have an impact on making the figure on the bottom line substantially higher.