As the workforce ages, vision is one of the most obvious casualties.
First glasses appear, followed by bifocals, then multi-focal lenses.
What other changes should we be aware of in the office as the workforce ages?
- Decreased ability to read fine print
- Altered depth perception and peripheral vision
- Increased sensitivity to glare (wearing contacts or glasses also increases glare sensitivity)
- Decreased adaptation to the dark
- Reduction in ability of eyes to tear, creating increased dryness
What can we do to reduce the impact of aging eyesight?
- Use brighter task specific lighting
- Reduce/eliminate glare with indirect lighting
- Encourage workers to have their eyes checked regularly and ensure that their eye prescription is up to date
- Increase font size and icon size on your monitor
- Use your mouse to zoom in or out when working on documents with small fonts. (Ctrl and scroll wheel OR other customizable controls)
Benefits of working with the Boomer Generation
- We are older, but wiser. Wisdom comes with age.
- Aging makes us calmer, more understanding and more open-minded.
- The boomer workforce has already attained a certain level of expertise in their field and they make great mentors for others.
Instead of getting frustrated that I can no longer do things the way I did in my 20s, I’ve learned to adapt, and one of the greatest adaptations is acceptance. There’s no shame in making adjustments to see, hear or remember something more easily, or be more comfortable doing something. Most importantly, keep perspective, much as the wise ones below state it so well:
“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” – George Burns
“When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to take credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.” – I.F. Stone
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain