We've written in the past couple months about job satisfaction
" (loosely defined), and Glen Chenier suggested in a comment
that we push the conversation into issues of age and potential
workplace or hiring discrimination
So here we go
. Many of you have probably heard stories from peers or
experienced some form of age discrimination, particularly if you are
north of 40 years old. (This, in general age discrimination surveys in
the U.S. and Europe, seems to be the beginnings of the definition of
"old," whether we like it or not). Or you've read stories
, which seem be on the increase as the Baby Boomer generation advances.
A German study in 2001 (Busch and Koenigstein
) found that "negative age
stereotypes" play a major role in hiring decisions. At the same time
there was little variability in that study in the view of a person's performance,
stability and interpersonal skills based on age (the major exception
was in "potential for development," which, given how you take it, is
not necessarily a bad result; that is, some could view the
most-experienced workers as having less potential for development because
they've reached the pinnacle of their careers).
Since our community skews mature, let's try to get a sense for how the
workplace and the industry is treating you these days. Take this short
(largely "yes/no") survey
, and give us a sense for whether you've ever
felt age discrimination. (Yes, some of the questions require subjective
responses, but we also ask questions about whether someone has ever
told you directly that age was an issue).
I've added a few questions about job or hiring discrimination based on
ethnic background. Ours is one of the most-diverse professions in the
world, but as my father used to say, "you'll never know unless you ask."
We'll collect results in the coming days, and I'll write up the results
for you next week. Feel free to weigh in with anecdotes in the comments
field or on the form