Tuesday November 19, 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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Google Employees Accuse the Tech Giant of Surveillance at Workplace

Google employees also called for a transparent, open investigation of HR and its "abysmal handling of employee complaints related to working conditions, discrimination, harassment and retaliation."

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Some Google employees have charged the tech giant of workplace surveillance, saying they are allegedly being watched via a browser extension in Calendar app.

According to MIT Technology Review report citing a memo obtained by Bloomberg, the browser extension “would automatically report staffers who create a calendar event with more than 10 rooms or 100 participants.”

This appears to be move to “spy on worker” attempts to organize against the company, at a time when there have been a series of global walkouts and protests over sexual harassment at workplace to Google’s participation in the controversial Pentagon’s JEDI project.

“Google wanted to prohibit workers from organizing walkouts via company email, and employee organizers said they faced retaliation from the company. Google may also be spooked after its contractors in Pittsburgh voted to unionize last month,” said the report.

The company was yet to issue a statement on this.

After staging a walkout against workplace harassment, Google employees organized sit-in protest at the IT major’s offices across the world.

The group “Google Walkout For Real Change” announced the sit-in protest on Twitter.

In November, nearly 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out following the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment allegations.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

A Google spokesperson said in a statement: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy.”

“To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”

Two Google employees were retaliated against for helping to organise a walkout among thousands of company workers in November 2018.

Claire Stapleton, a walkout organiser and 12-year company veteran, said in the email she was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube and lose half her reports.

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Google employees have also demanded that parent company Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page must immediately meet them and publicly address their concerns.

In a post on online publishing platform Medium, “Google Walkout For Real Change” said recently that the company has had six months to meet their demands.

Google employees also called for a transparent, open investigation of HR and its “abysmal handling of employee complaints related to working conditions, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.”

“Google’s HR department is broken. Over and over again it prioritizes the company and the reputation of abusers and harassers over their victims. The collateral damage is all around us. Time is up. We need third party investigators. Even Uber did this,” the group wrote. (IANS)