Age- related bias becoming more prominent at Indian workplaces

Despite organisations are taking measure to tackle issues such as gender bias and even homophobia, age-based bias, is becoming the rampant at Indian workplaces, reveals a recent survey.

 

The survey conducted over 1,940 employees by JobBuzz to understand the nuances of bias and diversity claimed that a whopping 33% of employees witness or have faced age-based bias at their workplace, followed by 17% who faced bias because of their physical appearance and 15% of others have faced bias on the basis of their culture or religion.

 

Meanwhile gender-based bias stood at the third pedestal with 14 per cent claiming they faced prejudice due to their gender.

 

 

Most respondents belonged to the IT sector (23%), followed by manufacturing (20%), healthcare (10%) and BPO (8%) sectors, respectively. In terms of age group, most employees belonged to 25-34 years.

 

 

Interestingly, since the present mix of the workforce at most companies comprises of Baby Boomers(born between 1944 and 1964), Gen X(born between 1965 – 1979), Gen Y and the Millennials (born between 1980 and 1994), the survey opined.

 

 

This demographic is going to change drastically as more Gen Y and millennials will join the workforce in the coming years, and the news of ''ageism'' is not a great note for India Inc, it added.

 

“We found that India Inc is biased on age more than physical appearance, culture or religion, gender and race. These are the new areas where the human resource managers and employers should focus their attention to," TimesJobs and TechGig Business Head Sanjay Goyal said.

 

Nearly, 79 per cent of respondents said they were not denied a promotion because of their gender and 62 per cent pointed out that after the #Metoo movement workplaces have become more sensitive towards women. Now, the focus should shift to other issues as well, Goyal added.

Despite organisations are taking measure to tackle issues such as gender bias and even homophobia, age-based bias, is becoming the rampant at Indian workplaces, reveals a recent survey.

 

The survey conducted over 1,940 employees by JobBuzz to understand the nuances of bias and diversity claimed that a whopping 33% of employees witness or have faced age-based bias at their workplace, followed by 17% who faced bias because of their physical appearance and 15% of others have faced bias on the basis of their culture or religion.

 

Meanwhile gender-based bias stood at the third pedestal with 14 per cent claiming they faced prejudice due to their gender.

 

 

Most respondents belonged to the IT sector (23%), followed by manufacturing (20%), healthcare (10%) and BPO (8%) sectors, respectively. In terms of age group, most employees belonged to 25-34 years.

 

 

Interestingly, since the present mix of the workforce at most companies comprises of Baby Boomers(born between 1944 and 1964), Gen X(born between 1965 – 1979), Gen Y and the Millennials (born between 1980 and 1994), the survey opined.

 

 

This demographic is going to change drastically as more Gen Y and millennials will join the workforce in the coming years, and the news of ''ageism'' is not a great note for India Inc, it added.

 

“We found that India Inc is biased on age more than physical appearance, culture or religion, gender and race. These are the new areas where the human resource managers and employers should focus their attention to," TimesJobs and TechGig Business Head Sanjay Goyal said.

 

Nearly, 79 per cent of respondents said they were not denied a promotion because of their gender and 62 per cent pointed out that after the #Metoo movement workplaces have become more sensitive towards women. Now, the focus should shift to other issues as well, Goyal added.

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