Generational Bias in the workplace

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Topic – Generational Bias in the workplace

Aligned Objectives

  • Identify and define dysfunction in organization, communities, relationships and teams.
  • Discuss tools and techniques for working with dysfunctional systems.
  • Examine strategies for addressing positive change within dysfunction.
  • Identify personal challenges, bias, or beliefs that could contribute to a dysfunctional system.

The purpose of this paper presentation is to create a training presentation addressing generational bias in the workplace.

The paper should center around two key sections - set up of why the problem/conflict exists and how to resolve the conflict. Paper should address the conflict, necessary background information, and offer tools to prevent and avoid the bias from continuing.


  • Paper should include research on the generational bias, how it impacts an organization, and possible remedies. 5-6 outside resources should be used.
  • Paper should be 3 pages long and can include content, activities, visual support, and how to resolve the dysfunction.
  • Paper should address the conflict, necessary background information, and offer tools to prevent and avoid the bias from continuing.

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School: UC Berkeley



Generational Bias in the Workplace
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Generational Bias in the Workplace
Generational bias is discrimination of employees at a workplace which is based on the age
group that an employee belongs. In the workforce as more Millennial set in and more Baby
Boomers make an effort to hold on their jobs the issue of generation bias continues to worsen. The
problem occurs in all the spectrums of age from employees at a young age and older due to a
variety of reasons. The root of generational bias is age discrimination and is a serious issue that
needs to be addressed. Today most generations face various stereotypes because of the held
misconception about their habits, work ethics, and work behaviors (Becton, et al., 2014).
Employees see their millennial employees as selfish or lazy. On the other side, employers see the
young generation as a beneficial asset because of their innovational and technological skills. Also,
the Baby Boomers are carrying some of their stereotypes in today's workplace. Due to the
Millennials entering the managerial roles at the workplace there is always a conflict between the
two generations. The Baby Boomers are viewed as old fashioned, but they have more experience,
talent, skills to give as the millennial generation (Becton, et al., 2014). Eliminating the generation
bias in a workplace should be done because both the Baby Boomers and Millennials have their
weaknesses and strengths.
Generational bias occurs in various types. To begin with is employment, this is whereby
applicants of employment that fall under certain age face difficulties. Most employers use resume
and other forms of information to analyze the age of each applicant. For instance, if an applicant
graduation details show that they graduated in 1982. Then it will be obvious that they are above
50 years and if the employer wants someone younger, then the applicant will not get the job. These
type of generation bias is narrow than other types, but it has a tremendous effect on the chances



that older people have in the job market. The second type is harassment, this type of generation
bias is more open focusing on the negative aspects of the age group. Harassment may, for instance,
occur if an employee is made to feel uncomfortable at work or feel stressed due to coworker being
against him or her due to their age. All harassments that may come from the boss, clients, and
coworkers are illegal. Firing an employee, demoting them and keeping them from moving to their
position unfairly with no good reason just because of their age is also considered harassment
(Burgess, 2017).
The third type of generation bias is work stereotypes; it is generational bias that arises
holding the notion that older workers are not technologically literate compared to young generation
and that they will not be able to keep up with the changing business environment. Young bosses
feel that old employees are not fit for employment because they do not even have much time
between their working period and retirement. The employer, therefore, feels that employing old
people is riding things out to make their finish line. All the beliefs are just perceptions and are
based on discrimination and will negatively affect employees in the workplace (Burgess, 2017) .
The fourth type of generational bias is the numbers, the aspect of age discrimination at the
workplace can be ...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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