The unemployment average hovers just under 7% Nationally. The U-6 (includes those that have exhausted their unemployment or stopped looking) is at 12.2%. Worse, if you are an older unemployed worker, it can take a long time to find a new position. Yet these workers bring with them extensive experience and knowledge that can have a strong positive impact for your business.
Age discrimination is real; it is subtle, yet it happens. The reasons span from the cost of the employee, the perceived threat, doubtfulness of loyalty and the inexperience of younger managers to manage older workers.
For these experienced workers, consulting has always been an alternative. We believe it can be a great avenue where experience can be deployed, creating an effective situation for both parties. In a start-up, where the entrepreneur has the business idea - they might not have the business experience - or connections. In a fast paced start-up; who will manage and optimize the finances? Who will create the brand, perform the marketing - create an effective sales organization? Who can help you learn the business of business; so your idea can reach the marketplace successfully?
The specifics are different; yet two highly energetic entrepreneurs hired an experienced manager to oversee their fast growing company. Eric Schmidt was the adult brought in to help manage the growth of Google. This model could be effective for your start-up - whether as a full time hire or consultant.
Consider a grey hair when you need experience in managing your company or guiding it through uncertain waters. Contact Cross Sea Partners - we know some very experienced professionals that could be the key to your business success.