Ep. 146 –
We all stereotype people, whether we like it or not. We do it so quickly too. In a split second, we form assumptions and we often do it unconsciously.
We might assume that…
older people are less tech-savvy
women are more emotional
Gen Z’ers want to get promoted right away
people with a Harvard degree are rich
the guy coming to work in a hoodie doesn’t take his job seriously
And the list goes on…
Stereotyping people is a way for our brain to organize information and to speed up judgment so we can quickly assess if we’re safe or not. It used to be a survival strategy.
But in today’s world, stereotyping is less useful. And if we do it without noticing, stereotyping can quickly affect our actions and opinions in a pre-judgmental and biased way.
And that will most certainly get in the way of us creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment at work and may even create toxic situations.
In this episode of The Manager Track podcast, I am shedding some light on the negative impact of stereotyping and labeling in the workplace, how you can catch yourself doing it and how to get rid of it.
What have you personally been stereotyped for?
What labels are you putting on yourself?
What stereotypes do you have about your team?
What labels are put on them, or are they putting on themselves?
— RESOURCES MENTIONED —
Maya Angelou Quote:“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Harvard Business Study by Professor Katherine Coffman:Stereotypes and Belief Updating – 2021
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— CHAPTERS —
01:11 What is workplace stereotyping?
06:26 Harvard Business School Study
10:18 Reducing effects of biases and stereotypes
14:20 Labelling is believing
17:52 Four Reflection Questions