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When life gives you lemons make lemonade: cross-sectional age and gender differences in optimism

Teena Bharti (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India)
Santosh Rangnekar (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 14 December 2018

Issue publication date: 15 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test the cognitive construct of optimism (positive future outcome expectancies) and the age-gender differences in Indian sample.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample consists of 363 older, middle-aged and younger male and female employees. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey based research design.

Findings

Results revealed that middle-aged employees have high levels of optimism as compared to the old age and younger employees. Further, the males reflected high optimism levels in comparison to female employees in middle and old aged adult employees, whereas females have higher optimism level in younger age in Indian select organisations.

Research limitations/implications

The study suggests that the continuous changes in the lifespan lead to changes in one’s attitude and hence results in behavioural changes. The research indicates that optimism should be cultivated in the individuals by providing training and development to promote the competence and skill-building events which would help in enhancing the productivity resulting in better understanding of the scenario at workplace.

Originality/value

The work supplements the existing literature on positive attitude or outcome expectancies by adding to the lifespan development theory.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest: the authors declare that the authors have no conflict of interest. Ethical approval: all procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent: informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Citation

Bharti, T. and Rangnekar, S. (2019), "When life gives you lemons make lemonade: cross-sectional age and gender differences in optimism", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 213-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-05-2018-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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