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Speaker: Sarah Jane Barber | Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Gerontology, Georgia State University

Older workers are often stereotyped as being less productive, less adaptive, and less able to learn. Even though research has shown that workers’ age is generally unrelated to their performance, with the aging workforce it is important to understand how these negative stereotypes affect work-related outcomes.

Sarah will share how negative age stereotypes can affect older workers. First, according to stereotype embodiment theory, beginning as children people acquire negative stereotypes about older adults. Throughout the lifespan, these stereotypes become strongly internalized, and automatically influence behavior – which is a negative in the workplace.

A second way that age stereotypes can affect older workers is through a process known as stereotype threat. This occurs when older adults are concerned that they might be adversely evaluated because of a negative age-stereotype.

Grab your coffee and join us to learn how to reduce these adverse effects with changes to the work setting which can increase positive intergenerational interactions.

In this session you will:

  • Discuss how negative age stereotypes can affect older workers
  • Learn how to reduce these adverse effects with changes to the work setting which can increase positive intergenerational interactions

SHRM BoCK:

  • Ethical Practice
  • Relationship Management
  • Communication