If you’re an older worker who regularly gets teased by colleagues about your grey hair and ‘senior moments’, it can get a bit annoying. The same goes if you’re the junior member of the team and older colleagues refer to you as ‘babyface’ or offer you a glass of milk and a cookie. These exchanges are usually viewed as harmless office banter, but if you feel you’re the victim of genuine ageism, what should you do?

The first step is to keep a diary, and note down any comments or put-downs that have made you feel uncomfortable, and when they happened. Is your experience of ageism focused purely around the way people interact with you, or is there something even more serious going on? For instance, are you being blocked from any promotions, opportunities or responsibilities because you are deemed to be too old? Or has your boss avoided putting you on the team for a pitch – not because you lack ability or experience, but because they think you look too young and are worried how that will come across?

Reflect on the evidence that you’ve gathered and discuss it with family, friends, a colleague (if appropriate) or one of the HR Solver team. From there, you can decide on an action plan.

In many cases, it may just be a case of speaking to the people that are offending you – they may have no idea of the impact their comments are having. The next time they step out of line, why not say: “I know you may be joking, but when you speak to me like that, it makes me feel really uncomfortable.”

If this doesn’t work, or if the problem is more acute, you’ll need to take your concerns to a senior manager – and this where the evidence you have gathered will be crucial. As always, it will also help your case to point out how any ageist behaviour is undermining the organisation’s values. Managers usually respond better if they can see a detrimental impact on efficiency or profitability.

For more information on this subject, and anything else to do with HR and employee law you can get specialist advice from our HR advisors in minutes.

FREE GUIDE to determine if you have a good Employment tribunal Case

Not sure if you have a strong case or even any case at all for an employment tribunal?

Not sure if you should make a fuss? Feel lost and unsure? Download our free guide and in less than 5 minutes you'll know the answers and if you have a claim that might be worth something.

The Complete Roadmap to submitting a powerful Employment Tribunal case to get Compensation.

Have everything you need to make a case for compensation in less than 21 days. Without the high cost of a lawyer, endlessly searching online and even going as far as an Employment Tribunal or paying 25% of your compensation to a no-win-no-fee solicitor. Get a proven strategy to get compensation through early conciliation. But don't delay as your claim must be submitted in time to have any chance of compensation. 


How to write a powerful appeal letter so your employer takes you seriously.

Learn how to create a powerful appeal letter which makes your employer really consider your case and understand that you are a force to be reckoned with...even if you are no good at letter writing.

If you have been dismissed (sacked) or issued with a disciplinary warning this detailed and effective training enables you to write a fabulous and effective appeal letter. Includes, templates, timelines and training.

3 Step Process to getting the edge in online interviews

If you have lost your job recently and need to get back into one, but are struggling to engage in online interviews this course is for you!

This course is especially helpful if you have suffered a difficult exit from work and/or been to an Employment Tribunal and need to reset your confidence levels and struggling to engage in Online interviews. We cover the mindset, technology you need to be successful, the questions and the best responses and how to beat all the other candidates to the job.


FREE Disciplinary Meeting Checklist Download

Never been to a disciplinary meeting? You're not alone! It's a scary thought. Worried about it being fair, how to act, what to say, what not to say and how to prepare? Download our free checklist so you go into the meeting feeling prepared, confident and able to challenge effectively. Our checklist will prepare you with everything you NEED to know.

HR Solver Redundancy Support

Challenge your redundancy, by writing an effective appeal letter to show how unfair your redundancy was.