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Richard A. Posthuma & Laura Guerrero

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 14: Age Stereotypes in the Workplace: Multidimensionality, Cross-cultural Applications, and Directions for Future Research

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Age Stereotypes in the Workplace: Multidimensionality, Cross-cultural Applications, and Directions for Future Research
Age stereotypes in the workplace: Multidimensionality, cross-cultural applications, and directions for future research
RichardA.Posthuma and LauraGuerrero
Introduction

All too often employers use negative age stereotypes unfairly to limit employment opportunities for older workers (The Economist, 2006). Negative age stereotypes create discrimination against older workers, resulting in the underutilization of this valuable human resource (EEOC v. Town of Huntington, 2008; Finkelstein, 2011; Roscigno, Mong, Byron, & Tester, 2007). As a result, organizations fail to utilize the full potential of older workers even though they could provide valuable contributions that would improve organizational performance. Therefore, it is important to understand workplace age stereotyping to help managers find ways to reduce negative consequences.

Moreover, the problem of age stereotyping ...

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