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Let's Talk About Stereotypes

Stereotypes are attached to every generation. And, let’s face it, these stereotypes creep into hiring and promotion practices. There is absolutely no reason for this. Studies have shown that there are very few differences between the generations at work.But don’t take my word for it. This white paper from IBM explains it all quite well and backs it with research. So, now that I just told you not to focus on stereotypes, I’m going to point out some of the Gen X stereotypes that may affect their status in the workplace. Gen Xers are often thought of in these terms: Adrift, cynical, skeptical, apathetic, disaffected … I could go on, but that’s enough for now. A big reason for this, I think, is that we witnessed many significant events during our formative years that bred a distrust for authority. These events included Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky scandal. Our parents may have gotten laid off in the 1980s. We watched dot-coms boom and then bust…

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