Stereotype Threat at Work (stereotype threat (conditions for ST (task…
Stereotype Threat at Work
cause significant communication problems and conflict within the org.
spawned an industry
diversity training programs
still a poor job
more focus on the organizational decision maker
prejudiced against certain groups
allow prejudices to influence how to treat employees
even hiring non-prejudiced managers
stereotypes would exist in broader societ
an important aspect of diversity management
"the fear of being judged and treated according to a negative stereotype about members of your group"
identity group is negatively compared to any other group ("disadvantaged" and "advantaged")
work "harder" but not "better"
conditions for ST
task difficulty: why is this so hard?
most affected by ST : concern (both negative and positive)
personal task investment: how important is this to who i am?
doing well →self esteem and identity
invested in tasks they are good at
most affected by ST
context: is this a place where ST operate?
stereotype relevance reinforced by
diversity of people
whether employee responses to ST can be functional?
long-term consequences of ST
repeated exposure to ST: serious and primarily negative, side effects
low job satisfaction
people: disengage with the performance domain
motivation to perform better
interrupting the stereotype threat process
change the context
provide an alternative explanation for task difficulty
provide a successful task strategy
reduce stereotype relevance of task
shift the focus from the manager to the environment
acknowledge and address directily