Unformatted text preview: d as less productive, creative, logical, and capable of performing under pressure than younger workers. In
addition, older workers are seen as having less potential for development.
Compared with younger workers, they are considered more rigid and dogmatic and
less adaptable to new corporate cultures. Not all stereotypes of older workers are
negative, however. They tend to be perceived as more honest, dependable, and trustworthy (in short, more stable). In general, these stereotypes are held by both
younger and older individuals.41 It is worth noting that these stereotypes are essentially inaccurate. For example, age seldom limits the capacity for development until
postemployment years.42 Also, research shows that age and performance are unrelated, and some recent studies are beginning to show a shift towards a more positive perception about older workers.43
However, the relevant question remains: Do age stereotypes affect human
resource decisions? It would appear that such stereotypes ca...
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- Spring '14
- Jerome Bruner