The ISMs Project

Ageism in the Workplace

Authors
  • Victoria Norman (Iowa State University)
  • Jay Raymond Drummer (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Ageism is the prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age. Within the general workplace, there is an apparent increase in technology and decrease in employment age.There are many instances in which the generations above millennials are disregarded simply because of their age. The generations of Millennials and younger are seen to be more adaptive to the overall growth of technology than those who are older. Historically, younger generations are favored over the “elderly” community when employers are hiring. Companies such as Facebook and Microsoft have lower average employment ages than the national average. The general public tends to disregard ageism as a form of discrimination overall.The “socially condoned nature of ageism, causes it to be overlooked altogether as a form of prejudice” (Nelson). Ageism continues to be a major factor and issue within the employment process and workplace as a whole.

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Published on
05 Mar 2021
Ageism in the Workplace