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Stereotypes in Business and the Workplace

What positive or negative stereotypes do you hold about different jobs or careers?

How has your cultural background, gender, or self-concept influenced your generalized view or stereotype of these jobs or careers?

Have you ever had an opportunity to test any of these generalizations or stereotypes? Did they match reality?

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"Stereotypes are generalizations, or assumptions, that people make about the characteristics of all members of a group, based on an image (often wrong) about what people in that group are like" (Conflict Resolution Consortium, 1998).

http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/problem/stereoty.htm

Based on the above definition stereotypes generalize and make assumptions about groups of people based on limited knowledge or interaction with one or two people in that group. Below are some possible responses to the questions in this assignment. Bear in mind that stereotyping of groups can be based on such diverse conditions as race, gender, age, physical disability and the like.

QUESTION: "What positive or negative stereotypes do you hold about different jobs or careers?"

Sample responses:

1. Certain jobs are for women (preschool teachers, receptionists, secretaries, nurses, etc.) and some are for men (doctors, lawyers, scientists, doctors, college professors, etc.)

2. People of certain racial or ethnic groups work harder than people of other racial or ethnic groups

3. Women bosses are "aggressive"; men bosses are "assertive"

4. Older employees are slow and cannot do certain jobs as well as younger ...

Solution Summary

Stereotypes are generalizations and assumptions made about people or groups of people based on limited knowledge or interaction with one or two people in that group and can be based on such diverse conditions as race, gender, age, physical disability, etc. In the diverse workforce of the 21st Century stereotypes can have an effect on career choices, co-workers, management, customers and the general public. This 814-word solution includes sample responses from a variety of perspectives in response to the questions in this problem. This solution also includes examples of how different stereotypes affect work, working relationships, career choices, etc. The examples can be applied to your personal experiences to assist with completion of this assignment.

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