Exploring attitudes toward older workers among Australian employers: an empirical study

Gringart, Eyal, Helmes, Edward, and Speelman, Craig Paul (2005) Exploring attitudes toward older workers among Australian employers: an empirical study. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 17 (3). pp. 85-103.

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Research suggests that negative stereotyping is at the heart of age discrimination in not hiring older workers. As the aging of the population creates pressures to maintain older adults in the work force, it is important to gain knowledge of such stereotyping. A random sample of 128 hiring decision-makers across Australian industries responded to a questionnaire that was specifically developed to assess attitudes toward older workers. Results showed systematic negative stereotyping: Respondents indicated that they were unlikely to hire older workers. The likelihood of hiring significantly correlated with employers' attitudes. Specific attributes for which older workers were seen as inferior compared to younger workers included trainability, adaptability, creativity, and interest in new technology. The findings could inform policymakers and be utilized to develop interventions aimed to reduce hiring discrimination.

Item ID: 6507
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-0821
Keywords: ageism; hiring discrimination; negative stereotyping; older workers
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 00:57
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change @ 100%
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