Beyond Generational Stereotypes: How to Boost Employee Engagement and Innovation
by Addressing Hidden Forms of Age-Related Exclusion and Conflict in Your Organization

 Event Details

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:30-9:30 a.m.
KU Edwards Campus,
BEST Building, room 135

Presenter: Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., Professional Workplace Communication Graduate Certificate Program Manager, KU Edwards Campus

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The workforce is more age-diverse than ever before. It’s not uncommon for your manager to be the age of your adult child — or your teammate to be the same age as your grandmother. This mix of perspectives, insights and values based on age, generation and life stage can fuel incredible innovation and creativity, but can also be the hidden root of everyday workplace conflicts and exclusion. 

Age diversity presents challenges for organizations adapting to ongoing workplace diversification. The challenge for managers and leaders is creating communication practices and workplace structures that allow for a diversity of voices to be heard and genuinely included in team conversations, workplace decision-making, and leadership.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss some of the latest research on age-related biases and stereotyping at work and review real-world case studies. Join us to gain the insights to more confidently tackle age-related stereotyping and bias in our teams and organizations. 

You will learn to:

  • Recognize the difference between workplace diversity, inclusion and employee voice
  • Review historical sources of generational work-related values
  • Go beyond generational stereotypes and explore the role of various forms of organization-specific “generational” diversity
  • Recognize the hidden, problematic ways ageism operates people across  the age spectrum in everyday workplace conversations, decision-making and practices – and the long-term costs for organizations, teams and individuals
  • Help teams work through age and life stage-related conflicts among members in order to build more inclusive team communication and work practices
  • Listen for age-related stereotypes in decision-making conversations and more confidently speak up as an advocate for age diversity in your organization
  • Coach others to think more age-inclusively when designing strategies for recruitment, team development, leadership development, and promotion practices 

Who should attend:
This session is designed to help all levels of human resources, talent development, business unit leaders and HR consulting professionals more effectively engage with issues and opportunities related to the increasing age-diversity in the workplace.

Order of events:
7:30-8 a.m.: Check in & networking
8-9:30 a.m.: Presentation

This event is free to attend. Fill out the form below to secure your registration.

Presenter bio:

Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., manages the four-course Professional Workplace Communication Graduate Certificate program at the KU Edwards Campus. She also teaches graduate courses in organizational communication, covering topics such as change management, decision making, conflict management, professional writing and speaking skills, organizational culture, team development, and engaging workplace diversity.

Prior to joining the KU faculty in 2015, Angie worked for more than 10 years developing and delivering training programs and communication resources for global companies including Siemens Healthcare and Deloitte. Angie holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Organizational Communication; a master’s degree in Writing from DePaul University; and a master’s degree in Communication Studies and bachelor’s degree in public relations from Illinois State University.


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