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Managers overlooking senior employees

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Q. I’m 54 and feeling marginalized. Most newcomers are 20 years younger than me and they seem to get all the attention. They get invited to management meetings and get treated more seriously, despite my seniority. Am I being paranoid?

A. Not necessarily. Perception drives reality, and if you’re perceived as an “old-timer,” your experience and contributions may be passed over. First determine what objective criteria your firm is using to evaluate productivity. If you’re clearly performing at least as well as the novices, then you’ve got a valid concern and you should raise it. On the other hand, your colleagues may have certain skills—like Web design or sales experience—that you never developed.

But beware of magnifying the problem or manufacturing examples of how you’re being pushed aside. Some employees with minor beefs may dwell on them until they fester and grow into major grievances.

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