Ageism in Procurement? What exactly is going on? (Procurement Foundry Special)

Posted on November 15, 2019


Ageism?!? Really!

In today’s world, there seems to be an “ism” for everything, and along with it yet another opportunity to take offense and get one’s nose out of joint.

Now I am not saying that there isn’t at least some degree of legitimacy regarding cases of discrimination. However, far too often, I have found that such legitimacy is more about anecdotal osmosis than factual research.

For example, there is little argument that there is a gender divide not only in procurement but spanning all sectors regarding pay equality.

But ageism in procurement? Let’s examine this subject a little closer.

Attitude Versus Age  

According to an April 2018 Globe and Mail article, which referred to a study by Spherion, approximately 25 percent of employees judge their co-workers’ and supervisors’ “abilities to do their job based on their age alone.” Among Millennials, that number rose to 39 percent.

However, do these same numbers apply to those working in procurement?

Consider the results from a series of Procurement Insights surveys asking procurement professionals, “If you had it to do all over again, would you choose procurement as your profession?”

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