A new advertisement at the bus stop near my home has caught my eye. It shows the face of a young boy bearing a glum look. There is a quote on the poster:
“I don’t want to work hard. It won’t matter once I’m old.”
It is part of the new publicity campaign by the Tripartite Alliance of Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) [website]. The aim is to highlight the bias against older employees at the workplace.
Due to their higher salary base, senior workers are deemed to be costlier, compared to their junior counterparts. The implication is if older employees are treated unfairly, the younger generation may fear the same eventual outcome, and hence will not be motivated to work hard.
Is this a proven truth, or simply a scare tactic? Your guess is as good as mine.