Identity, stereotypes, and discrimination

Negative stereotypes about older workers are considered 'in the ether', can lead to discrimination in the workplace, and undermine a positive sense of identity at work, leading employees to reduce their engagement and investment in work.

Although any employee may feel pessimistic about negativity or unfairness in the workplace, impacts may be greater for those who identify (or feel others may identify them) as part of the stigmatised group. We explored employees' perceptions of negative stereotypes about and discrimination against older workers in the workplace and the strength of older employees' identification with their age group.

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Note. Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals for estimates; Occupations are reported against the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation categories: Labourer (e.g., cleaner, food packer, farm worker); Machinery operator/driver (e.g., machine operator, store person); Technician/trades worker (e.g., engineer, carpenter, hairdresser); Sales worker (e.g., insurance agent, sales assistant, cashier); Clerical/administrative worker (e.g., administrator, personal assistant); Community or personal service worker (e.g., teacher’s aide, armed forces, hospitality worker, carer); Professional (e.g., accountant, doctor, nurse, teacher); Manager (e.g., general manager, farm manager), or; Other (not specified).