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Towards harmony in the workplace: Countering negative generational stereotypes

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




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Diversity in the workplace is generally viewed in positive terms. Organizations can benefit enormously when people from different backgrounds bring different skills and different experiences to the table. However, diversity also has scope to be something of a double-edged sword. Difference is not always celebrated. Plenty evidence exists to show how it often gives rise to negative stereotypes that fuel and sustain prejudice. It is thus important to address these labels to negate their harmful effects. In a workplace environment, two forms of diversity are prominent. The overt surface-level type includes aspects such as age, race and sex. Less conspicuous characteristics like values and attitudes are features of deeper-level diversity. Both variants reflect differences between the generations at work.

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(2017), "Towards harmony in the workplace: Countering negative generational stereotypes", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 25-28.



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