Tuesday June 25, 2019

Older Employees Are More Likely to Get Affected by Unfair Treatment at Workplace

Older employees tend to feel more stressed than younger employees when their employers don't provide them with the support and resources they need to do their jobs well, according to a new study

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Older employees tend to feel more stressed than younger employees when their employers don’t provide them with the support and resources they need to do their jobs well, according to a new study.

The study, published in the “Journal of Vocational Behavior”, found that both younger and older workers had lower levels of overall stress when they were given more autonomy on the job, had good relationships with their bosses and felt they were respected and treated fairly at work.

But when such resources were lacking, older workers reported significantly higher stress levels a year later than their younger colleagues, the researcher said.

“With the workforce becoming more age-diverse and older at the same time, it is important to understand the differences between younger and older workers to help them cope with the demands of their work lives more effectively,” said co-author Lale Yaldiz from the Portland State University in the US.

Older employees tend to feel more stressed than younger employees when their employers don't provide them with the support and resources they need to do their jobs well, according to a new study
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For the study, the researchers surveyed 243 municipal public works employees between the ages of 24 and 64 over the course of a year.

The findings suggest that older workers place a greater value on having autonomy and a supportive work environment than younger workers because those resources allow them to adapt to the psychological and physical changes that come with aging.

For example, older workers tend to prioritise emotional needs and care more about having socially meaningful interactions and mentoring their colleagues than younger workers whose focus tends to be on gaining the skills they need to advance in their careers, the researcher said.

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Since older workers appear to be more susceptible to stress in the face of unfairness, organisations can help workers by being transparent about how decisions are made and implemented, not discriminating, valuing employee input when making key decisions and providing channels for employees to voice concerns, the researchers added. (IANS)

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Harassment Prevention at Workplace is Very Important Trend for Future: LinkedIn

The report looked at four key trends impacting the future of HR and the recruiting industry, both globally and in India: Soft Skills, Work Flexibility, Anti-Harassment and Pay Transparency

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LinkedIn makes recruiting process easier by launching the Scheduler feature. Wikimedia Commons
LinkedIn makes recruiting process easier by launching the Scheduler feature. Wikimedia Commons

A whopping 87 per cent of professionals in India say that harassment prevention at the workplace is a very important trend for the future of hiring and HR compared to 71 per cent globally, a new LinkedIn report said on Thursday.

In India, 50 per cent of hiring professionals said that companies now talk about their harassment policies as part of their pitch to potential hires — nearly double the global average of 29 per cent.

“Anti-harassment is an especially hot-button issue in India,” said the LinkedIn “Global Talent Trends 2019” report that surveyed over 5,000 talent professionals in 35 countries, including more than 400 professionals in India.

While 75 per cent of those surveyed globally noticed some change in workplace dynamics/culture over the last two years, 92 per cent in India said that their company has implemented some harassment prevention action or tactic in the last 12 months or is planning to — which is higher than the global average of 80 per cent.

There has been an over 71 per cent (year-on-year) increase in workplace harassment content shared on LinkedIn.

Employees are starting to feel more empowered to stand up against harassment – not just by calling for change, but by changing their own workplace behaviour, said the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform.

Work flexibility was another important factor in considering a new job.

“About 67 per cent of talent professionals in India agree that workplace flexibility — the option for employees to work when and where they’d like — is extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent,” the findings showed.

Globally, in just the last two years, there’s been a 78 per cent increase in job posts on LinkedIn that mention work flexibility.

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In the space of only four years, there’s been a 24 per cent increase in the number of people who say flexible work arrangements are a very important factor when considering a new job.

“With technology easing the way we work, 74 per cent respondents in India believe that the main benefit from allowing employees to work remotely, is enabling them to achieve better work-life satisfaction.

In the opinion of 66 per cent respondents, flexible work hours encourage employee retention.

“Women are 22 per cent more likely than men to cite flexible work arrangements as a very important factor when considering a job, with those aged 36 to 45 being the most likely to do so,” the report said.

The report looked at four key trends impacting the future of HR and the recruiting industry, both globally and in India: Soft Skills, Work Flexibility, Anti-Harassment and Pay Transparency.

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“Developing markets like India, Mexico and Brazil assign greater importance to soft skills in shaping the future of recruiting and HR,” said the report.

In India, 87 per cent respondents believe that candidates with strong soft skills will be increasingly important to the success of their organizations, however, only 53 per cent say their companies have a formal process for assessing soft skills.

“Nearly 71 per cent respondents in India agree that the top benefit of sharing salary ranges is fostering greater job satisfaction for employees. That said, 78 per cent also fear that this will create salary disputes among current employees,” the report noted. (IANS)