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Does A Positive Age Environment Successfully Influence Negative Age Stereotypes from an Employee Perspective?

Harte, Lynda (2019) Does A Positive Age Environment Successfully Influence Negative Age Stereotypes from an Employee Perspective? Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The study considered if there were benefits accrued to an organisation operating a positive age environment in the workplace that were reflected in the attitudes and perceptions of the employees and as a by-product addressed several identified negative age stereotypes.

Previous investigations have operated quantitative approaches or focused on managerial or human resource management perspectives. This study sought to gain an insight from the employee perspective, establishing that a qualitative review, utilising the one-to-one interview method would generate the personalised perspective of participants.

An initial pilot of the specially designed interview instrument was carried out which generated a timeline and some minor adjustments to the style or wording of some of the questions. The research was primarily conducted in a single office which matched the criteria for a positive age environment, employing and promoting staff across a range of age profiles. The research was carried out with eighteen employees representing varying age ranges (between eighteen and sixty-four) and lengths of service (one to forty-one years).

The study established that a positive age environment does successfully address the negative age stereotypes selected for this review while highlighting the persistence of ageist perceptions between the younger and older cohorts who participated in the study.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Discrimination > Age discrimination
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Employee Retention
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 14:20
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 14:20
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3911

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