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Last Updated : Mar 26, 2020 09:08 AM IST | Source: PTI

Age-based bias becoming more prominent at workplaces: Survey

About 33 percent of Indian employees face or have faced age-based bias at their workplace, followed by 17 percent who faced bias because of their physical appearance and 15 percent of others have faced bias on the basis of their culture or religion, a survey by JobBuzz noted.

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Even as corporates are taking steps to tackle issues like gender bias and even homophobia, 'ageism' or bias against a person for their age, is becoming the new rogue at Indian workplaces, according to a survey.

About 33 percent of Indian employees face or have faced age-based bias at their workplace, followed by 17 percent who faced bias because of their physical appearance and 15 percent of others have faced bias on the basis of their culture or religion, a survey by JobBuzz noted.

Gender-based bias stood at the third pedestal with 14 percent claiming they faced prejudice because of their gender, it said.

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JobBuzz, an employer rating and review platform by TimesJobs, surveyed 1,940 employees to understand the nuances of bias and diversity at the Indian workplaces.

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

This is surprising since the present mix of the workforce at most companies comprises of Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and the Millennials, the survey opined.

Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964, Gen X was born between 1965 - 1979 and Gen Y, or millennials, were born between 1980 and 1994.

This demographic is going to change drastically as more 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.

About 79 percent of respondents said they were not denied a promotion because of their gender and 62 percent 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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First Published on Mar 26, 2020 09:01 am
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