Category: Discrimination

Evaluate Leaders

Stigma-by-Association: How Follower Characteristics Influence Evaluation of Leaders

It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading.

Reducing Stereotyping

Reducing Stereotyping: What You’re Doing May Not be Working

Stereotypes can be harmful, especially in a workplace. So how can organizations train employees to reduce the influence of stereotypes on their behavior? New research shows that discussing the prevalence of negative stereotypes can actually make things worse. Instead, it may be better to highlight examples of employees who do not believe in or act on stereotypes.

Is It Lonely At the Top? The Victimization of High Performers

High Performers are defined as the group of talented employees that typically increase both team and organizational performance. Past research has shown that High Performers are likely to be victimized in the workplace by other organizational members. A new study attempts to explain the victimization of High Performers by examining the role of envy and work group identification.

Getting the Benefits of Age Diversity in the Workplace

Conventional wisdom would tell you that age diversity in the workplace is a bad thing. It can be costly and leads to communication difficulties, as well as value conflicts. However, there are important benefits to an age diverse workforce that can strengthen your organization, provided work is structured in a way that allows creative solutions to business problems.

Should Your Spouse Interview for You? (IO Psychology)

How well can your spouse sing your praises? Well enough to help you get that job you’ve always wanted?

This article discussed the ethical and legal issues surrounding spousal interviews for employment. Ever heard of it? Some companies are choosing to include spousal interviews as a part of their hiring process, especially for sales roles.

When women don’t reach the C-suite as often as men, benevolent sexism may be to blame

Topic: Gender, Discrimination, Development Publication: Journal of Management (NOV 2012) Article: Benevolent sexism at work: Gender differences in the distribution of challenging developmental experiences Authors: King, E. B., Botsford, W., Hebl, M. R., Kazama, S., Dawson, J. F., & Perkins, A. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Women are breaking the glass

Size Matters in Court? Determinations of Adverse Impact Based on Organization Size (IO Psychology)

Topic: Assessment, Discrimination, HR Policy, Statistics Publication: Journal of Business Psychology (JUN 2012) Article: Unintended consequences of EEO enforcement policies: Being big is worse than being bad Authors: R. Jacobs, K. Murphy, and J. Silva Reviewed By: Megan Leasher   Adverse impact occurs when neutral-appearing employment practices have an unintentional, discriminatory

Discrimination in selection: Who’s most at risk? (IO Psychology)

Topic: Selection, Discrimination Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (MAY 2012) Article: Multiple categorization in resume screening: Examining effects on hiring discrimination against Arab applicants in field and lab settings Authors: Eva Derous, Ann Marie Ryan, & Hannah-Hanh D. Nguyen Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin You’re probably aware that discrimination can occur

Unconscious Stereotyping in Selection

Topic: Discrimination, Selection, Human Resource Management Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2011) Article: The Role of Automatic Obesity Stereotypes in Real Hiring Discrimination Authors: J. Agerstrom, D.O. Rooth Reviewed By: Ben Sher Research by Agerstrom and Rooth (2011) has shown that if hiring managers harbor negative stereotypes about obese