There are many reasons to hire older workers. Many employers overlook the value and benefits of adding experienced workers to their payrolls. Businesses spend countless hours and dollars screening through the pool of younger candidates only to have to constantly repeat the process. The younger crowd is more apt to hire on for a short while before becoming restless and moving on to the next job.

Older employees are much more stable and likely to demand less as far as wages and benefits are concerned. Older employees are usually more honest and responsible. They are no longer looking to move up the corporate ladder and have no ulterior motives. Older workers desire a position for other reasons. Maybe it's to earn extra income or to work at something they totally enjoy. Dependable and mature, older workers can often jump right in with little extra training or supervision. They have learned the ropes and often have experienced several types of jobs and environments.

Businesses can reduce costs significantly by hiring older workers. Productivity can be raised and mistakes reduced. Employee turnover is a major headache for many businesses. Older workers tend to be more reliable and less likely to jump from job to job. Hiring older workers can add stability and maturity to the employment mix. Today's businesses don't have the time and resources to deal with a revolving door of employees coming and going. The benefits of hiring older workers are often overlooked by employers. But it is a proven fact that they can substantially impact the bottom line. The potential of this largely untapped resource should be considered by businesses looking to increase profitability.

If you are interested in hiring an older worker, contact the Older Kansans Employment Program for those age 55 and older who seek employment opportunities or to seek work to supplement one's income. Job Clubs offer opportunities to network with others, create or critique résumés and cover letters, pre-interview counseling, explore job possibilities, encourage and support those who seek employment. For more information for the Garden City Job Club and surrounding towns, call (620) 225-8230 or toll-free (800) 742-9531. OKEP Job Club for Garden City is the Garden City Kansas Works Center, 107 E. Spruce St. Job Club meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pinochle lessons

Want to learn to play pinochle? Beginning pinochle lessons start on Thursday. Teachers are Charles and Neva Maxfield. Call 272-3620 for more information. Join us.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the St. Dominic's Altar Society and RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Beginning pinochle lessons begin at 1 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. The Finney County Committee on Aging will meet at 2 p.m.

July 18 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Legal aid begins at 10 a.m. by appointment. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing meets at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The band this week is Jim Calhoun. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chicken strips, potato salad, Scandinavian vegetables, wheat roll, fruit salad.

Friday: Barbecue beef on bun, baked beans, creamy coleslaw, plums.

Monday: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, green beans, wheat roll, citrus fruit.

Tuesday: Turkey, potatoes and gravy, three-bean salad, wheat roll, fruit gelatin salad.

July 18: Pepper steak, rice, carrots, wheat bread, ambrosia.

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