gray-hair.jpgI recently addressed the issue of how older workers are being perceived in the workplace and I got a flood of letters from older employees thinking I was mocking them. Basically, I said mature workers have to stop feeling sorry for themselves and start caring less about what their younger colleagues think.

One woman didn’t like my tone in the column but she did like my sentiments on gray hair. I’m a big advocate of gray hair and am trying to make it the new brown, or blonde. I want to be proud of who I am, even as I get older; and frankly I don’t want anymore grooming tasks added to my daily routine. Dying hair, who needs it.

There was one comment she made about one of her coworkers. I thought it was appalling. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s what Kath wrote:

I do appreciate your advice not to focus on my gray hair! A 40-ish woman in my office told me that gray hair is unprofessional! Yikes!

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