I have had hundreds of conversations around generations in the workforce.
You know what I find almost every time? Ageism. Beliefs about someone of different age (older OR younger) that creates negative expectations. It's heart-wrenching to see how our bias towards age breaks our psychological safety on our teams.
Next week I am bringing Ashton Applewhite on The Porch to talk about this because it's critical to understand how ageism plays into the generational conflicts at work. With almost 2,000,000 views of her Ted Talk: Let’s End Ageism, I know she has a few things she can teach us about how to treat each other as we all move towards another year older.
I’m so excited to finish out the year with this conversation. Bring your age-diverse team, send your interns and your leaders, because ageism is real, and we need to be more aware of it.
Here are some of the questions I have for Ashton:
-How come so many of us assume that aging weakens us? We think of dementia, not being sharp, losing our relevance?
-We tend to believe that we won't have much in common with someone significantly older or younger than we are. What have you learned as you’ve worked in this anti-ageism space?
-Does age play a bigger role in shaping our lives than class, gender, or race?
The truth is that we’ve been trained to be biased towards age. Let’s bring awareness to it and change the conversation so we can take better care of ourselves and our teams.