Martina Devlin: Smart employers should learn how to keep mum
Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00
When women's physical attractions start to fade they focus on being wise and useful, Benjamin Franklin noted: "They supply the diminution of beauty by an augmentation of utility."
Admittedly the American statesman was singing the older woman's praises in the context of a lover rather than staff member -- she won't get pregnant, she'll be discreet and loyal -- but it's a model which employers could take to heart.
Older women have talents to contribute, not just in the home but the workplace, yet they are the forgotten element in any discussion on upskilling the labour force, just as they tend to be overlooked in society.