146. Stereotyping and Labeling
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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?
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- Harvard Business Study by Professor Katherine Coffman:Stereotypes and Belief Updating – 2021
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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